Backfire (1964 film)
Backfire (French: Échappement libre, Italian: Scappamento aperto, Spanish: A escape libre) is a 1964 French crime film directed by Jean Becker, which stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, reuniting for the first time since Breathless (1960).
|Directed by||Jean Becker|
|Produced by||Paul-Edmond Decharme|
|Screenplay by||Jean Becker |
|Based on||the novel by Clet Coroner|
Enrico Maria Salerno
|Music by||Grégorio García Ségura |
|Edited by||Monique Kirsanoff|
South Pacific Films
|Distributed by||CCFC (France)|
Royal Films International (US)
|Box office||2,007,088 admissions (France)|
A criminal organisation offers a Parisian man, David, $10,000 to transport a car across Europe. They tell him little about it except that drugs are not involved. He is accompanied by a photographer, Olga.
David discovers he is smuggling gold. The two travel to Beirut then Damascus. They fall in love and David wants the gold for himself.
- Jean-Paul Belmondo as David Ladislas
- Jean Seberg as Olga Celan
- Enrico Maria Salerno as Mario
- Gert Fröbe as Fehrman
- Renate Ewert as Comtesse
- Jean-Pierre Marielle as Van Houde
- Diana Lorys as Rosetta
- Fernando Rey as the Lebanese policeman
- Wolfgang Preiss as Grenner
- Michel Beaune as Daniel
- Roberto Camardiel as Stephanidès
- Fernando Sancho as Ylmaz
- Giacomo Furia as Nino
The film was made by the same team who had produced Banana Peel (1963).
It was to have starred Jean Louis Trintignant but he withdrew and was replaced by Belmondo.
Filming took place from February 10 to April 7, 1964. Costa-Gavras was an assistant director.