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Le ruffian (1983)

Aldo, in his fifties, works in a gold mine in Northern Canada, in the middle of a bunch of adventurers.

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José Giovanni

Writers:

José Giovanni (novel), José Giovanni (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Aldo
Bernard Giraudeau ... Gérard
Claudia Cardinale ... La 'baronne'
Béatrix Van Til Béatrix Van Til ... Éléonore
Pierre Frag Pierre Frag ... John
August Schellenberg ... Neslon Harting
James Ernest Davis James Ernest Davis ... An Indian (as James E. Davis Jr.)
Danyl Wahayenni-Martin Danyl Wahayenni-Martin ... An Indian
Rick Alkerton Rick Alkerton
Robert Bouchard
Broan Bowron Broan Bowron
Mike Bradford Mike Bradford
Donald Brown Donald Brown
Lorne Carry Lorne Carry
William Collins William Collins
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Aldo, in his fifties, works in a gold mine in Northern Canada, in the middle of a bunch of adventurers.

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Adventure | Crime

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

12 January 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ruffian See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Falls apart after the prologue
15 October 2016 | by Captain-SpauldingSee all my reviews

Starts absolutely masterful and then nosedives hard, sadly.

The amazing Lino Ventura plays a rough prospector in the rocky mountains, at least we're lead to believe that. After a stunningly directed and framed violent and exciting prologue full of beautiful landscape photography scored with a Ennio Morricone soundtrack the movie transforms into an awkward garbled mess that doesn't really know what it wants to be.

I have rarely seen a movie nosedive this hard. I would have loved if the movie had stayed a rough wilderness survival adventure piece with a solo Lino Ventura fighting nature and bandits.

But as it is I can only recommend everyone watch the movie until Lino Ventura arrives in the city and immediately destroy the DVD or Blu-Ray they're watching, to keep the great impressions of the first arc and spare themselves the sour note of a completely blundered premise.


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