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The Ruffian

The Ruffian

A Feature film by José Giovanni

Produced by Parma Films, Films Christian Fechner

Release in France : 12/01/1983

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Parma Films, Films Christian Fechner

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

Foreign production company :

Corporation Image M&M

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Aldo, a middle-aged adventurer, seeks to make his fortune by working in a gold mine in Canada. One day, the mineworkers are attacked and all but wiped out by a group of armed bandits who intend to steal their gold. Only Aldo and two Canadian Indians survive the massacre, and in return they kill the bandits. The trio decide to run off with the gold. Suspecting his new allies are about to double-cross him, Aldo drives off without them, but he then loses the gold whilst crossing a river. Determined to recover the gold, Aldo returns to his former home in Montreal and tries to persuade his friends to help him. His best friend Gérard, a former motorcar-racing driver who lost the use of his legs in an accident, agrees to give his support, along with his wife, Éléonore and another friend John. Unfortunately, the two Indians whom Aldo betrayed have not given up the gold either…

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Full credits (23)

Executive Producer :

Bernard Artigues

Author of original work :

José Giovanni

Screenwriter :

José Giovanni

Sound recordists :

Alain Curvelier, Patrick Rousseau

Assistant Operators :

Yves Angelo, Michel Girard

Production Manager :

Henri Brichetti

Editors :

Jacqueline Thiedot, Yves Chaput

Continuity supervisor :

Annie Maurel

Music Composer :

Ennio Morricone

Stunt performer :

Patrick Cauderlier

Sound Mixer :

Jacques Maumont

Location Manager :

Bernard Vaillant

Assistant Director :

Jean-Patrick Constantini

Producers :

Christian Fechner, Bernard Artigues, Lino Ventura

Director of Photography :

Jean-Paul Schwartz

Sound assistants :

Véronique Gabillaud, Thierry Sabatier

Camera Operator :

Michel Deloire

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie-Josée Di Tullio

Assistant Editor :

Catherine Peltier

Production Designers :

Willy Holt, Gérard Viard

Foley artist :

Jean-Pierre Lelong

Costume designers :

Annie Périer-Foulon, Jean Zay

Still Photographer :

Dominique Le Strat

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Action , Adventure

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Coproducer countries :

Canada, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Canada, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 47 min

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