A Man Named Rocca

A Man Named Rocca (French: Un nommé La Rocca, Italian: Quello che spara per primo) is a 1961 French-Italian crime-thriller film directed by Jean Becker and starring Jean Paul Belmondo. It is based on the 1958 novel L'Excommunié by José Giovanni. Belmondo appeared in another film version of this novel in 1972, directed by Giovanni, called Bad Luck.

A Man Named Rocca
Directed byJean Becker
Produced byAdry De Carbuccia
Roland Girard
Screenplay byJean Becker
José Giovanni
Based onnovel L'Excommunié by José Giovanni
StarringJean Paul Belmondo
Music byClaude Normand
CinematographyGhislain Cloquet
Release date
  • 1961 (1961)
Box office1,193,387 admissions (France)[1]


Roberto La Rocca is an ex-gangster who is told by "The Mexican" that his friend Xavier Adé has been imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. He goes to Marseilles to meet Adé's partner Villanova.

Rocca suspect that Villanova is involved in the frame up and seduces his mistress Maud. He shoots and kills Villanova and takes over the gambling club run by Xavier and Villanova.

Rocca falls in love with Adé's sister, Genevieve. Xavier is found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison. When gangsters threaten the club, Rocca shoots them and is sentenced to prison too.

In prison, Rocca and Xavier volunteer to clear land minds. Xavier loses an arm because of this. When they get out, Rocca and Genevieve plan to buy a farm together. However Genevieve is killed in a shoot out caused by Xavier. The friendship between Rocca and Xavier is over.



  1. Box office information for film at Box Office Story

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