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Cartouche (1964)

Jean-Paul Belmondo , Claudia Cardinale , Philippe de Broca  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jess Hahn, Marcel Dalio, Jean Rochefort
  • Directors: Philippe de Broca
  • Writers: Philippe de Broca, Charles Spaak, Daniel Boulanger
  • Producers: Alexandre Mnouchkine, Georges Dancigers
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844J8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cartouche" on IMDb

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Released by Anchor Bay in 2003. Region 1 US/Canada widescreen DVD in English & French. Out of print & hard to find! Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Jess Hahn, Marcel Dalio, & Jean Rochefort.A romantic comedy classic directed by Philippe de Broca, director of "King of Hearts" & "That Man from Rio".

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belmondo And Cardinale At Their Best September 10, 2004
A film that, for me, brings back all sorts of fond memories. I first saw it as a teenager during its initial American release in the 60's when I was just discovering that there were some really good films out there that weren't in English. I had loved That Man From Rio and here was the great Jean-Paul Belmondo re-united with director Philippe De Broca in a rollicking swashbuckler. And having the luscious Claudia Cardinale along for the ride didn't hurt either.

Cartouche (also known by the terrible title of Swords Of Blood) is a very French and very Sixties flick. De Broca's loose style of film making encompasses broad comedy, adventure, satire, romance and even tragedy. It is the same style that made The King Of Hearts so memorable and it works just as well here. The story of a charming and incorrigible petty thief who rises to be a sort of bandit chief - after a comic interlude in the army - is the perfect excuse for fist fights, sword fights, chases, and romance with lusty wenches with wonderfully heaving bosoms. The flavor of the 18th century is beautifully captured with a realism that extends to the smallest details. At times, the realistic visuals seem almost at odds with some of the film's more slapstick elements, but it actually contributes to the superb period feel. In this respect, Cartouche is somewhat reminiscent of some of the bawdier bits from that other great Sixties period romp Tom Jones.

Jean-Paul Belmondo is perfect in the title role, not only more than equal to all the physical demands of the part but also moving through all his character's moods effortlessly. Belmondo is a wonderfully natural actor and it is hard to imagine anyone from Hollywood doing this sort of part so well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DELIGHTFUL ACTION ADVENTURE June 11, 2003
The legendary Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as 18th Century swordsman, thief and rogue Bourguignon, alias CARTOUCHE. But when he meets the beautiful bandit Venus (the luscious Claudia Cardinale), they launch a series of scandalous raids that rock the Parisian aristocracy. The most wanted man in France is about to discover that true love may be the most dangerous caper of all.
The great Phillipe de Broca co-wrote and directed this sumptuous and surprising adventure. No extras, but in this case, the movie is more than enough. Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cartouche November 10, 2002
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When this movie was shown in my native country of Cuba in 1967 three years after being filmed, it was a sensation. Claudia Cardinale and Belmondo were great together, I have searched for this film, together with La Ragazza con la valigia and That man from Rio. Belmondo was a true James Bond in the adventures of the Amazone. Great films for the adolecents. They bring nostalgic memories of days gone. Belmondo and Cardinale are immortal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Philippe de Broca, Farewell, A Bientot November 29, 2004
In CARTOUCHE you made the rest of the 60s filmmakers seem out of date, and in Belmondo and Cardinale you found the perfect actors who could add the bubbles to your brand of filmic champagne. Now that you are gone, we think back to all the pleasures you have given us over the years, from your little parts in BREATHLESS and 400 BLOWS, to your most recent work discovering the Welsh coalminer's daughter Catherine Zeta Jones, and we are grateful to you for your inspired interventions and pizzazz. Not since Ernst Lubitsch has flair been filmed so perfectly and gallantly, and not since Clouzot has action been so well blended with nail-biting suspense. Our hearts are sad today and we wish your extended family well in these difficult days. Belmondo and Cardinale are still with us and thanks to you, we will always have them in excelsis, as the perfect man and woman au cinema. Merci, De Broca!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rousing Swashbuckler With A Dark Ending November 24, 2005
Cartouche is an unusual and interesting swashbuckler. For the first half, it's a raucous, funny tale of venality and romance that takes place in pre-Revolutionary France. Then it moves gradually into something more serious, and ends on a somber and decidedly fatalistic note.

Louis-Dominique Bourguigon (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a rogue and a thief, quick with his fingers or his sword. He's part of a large Parisian gang headed by Malichot (Marcel Dalio). Dominique thinks he can do better, misjudges and with Malichot's henchmen after him, decides it would be prudent to join the army. He signs on with two friends, La Doceur (Jess Hahn) and La Taupe (Jean Rochefort), he met in a tavern. As cowardly realists, they become the only survivors of a bloody battle. As survivors, they're hailed as heroes. As heroes, they're ordered to be in the front line of tomorrow's battle. So they steal the Army's payroll and head back to Paris. On the way, Dominique encounters a dancer who shows more cleavage than the Grand Canyon. "My name is Venus," she tells him. "I'm nineteen. No parents, but lots of lovers." After another tavern fight, this one as funny as anything the Three Stooges could have come up with, the four of them make it to Paris. Dominque confronts Malichot, who at heart is a bit of a groveling coward, and takes over the gang. He now calls himself Cartouche and his rules are simple. "Let bygones be bygones. No bloodshed. Aim at the powerful. Keep accounts and give everyone a fair deal." All goes well until Cartouche meets for a second time Isabelle de Ferrussac, wife of the head of police. Venus (Claudia Cardinale) may love him but he is drawn toward Isabelle (Odile Versois). And slowly the story moves into more serious complications involving jealousy, betrayal, loyalty and sacrifice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cartouche" Visually Arresting Comedy
"Cartouche" (1961) is Phillipe de Broca's other hit film several years earlier that he also did "That Man From Rio" (1964) both starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and both written by... Read more
Published 7 months ago by V. Risoli
1.0 out of 5 stars A Couple of funny scenes + Most of the time, the movie is boring and...
It is 80 percent comedy and 20 percent action movie. Even the action scenes look humorous not serious. There are some scenes that make me laugh. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cestmoi
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite childhood memory!
Great purchase and in great condition! I first saw this film while growing up in Cuba and it was a big thrill to revisit it! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jose De La Cuesta
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete failure
This film is a complete failure. Expectations are set high not only by the overall reputation of French as great masters of comedy, but by the admirable cast as well (Belmondo,... Read more
Published on July 10, 2010 by Sergey Chernyak
4.0 out of 5 stars "Robin Hood" translated to France + Claudia Cardinale
I only take off a point because the color and sound are not quite as good as I would have hoped for a mid-'60s film and it's a tad overlong at 1 hr 55 min. Read more
Published on February 10, 2003 by mdcatdad
5.0 out of 5 stars Belmondo at his best
I have seen Cartouche a long time ago, when I was a kid. It was my favorite then, and it still is.
Published on April 30, 2000 by Miklos Fotos
5.0 out of 5 stars CARTOUCHE
A very elegant and impressive movie with an excellent music and scenery. Several too excessively performed scenes won't discourage me from such a high rating. Read more
Published on January 25, 2000
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