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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


    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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    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

    French distribution :


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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 :

    Jean Zay, Annie Périer

    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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