Cartouche (film)

Cartouche is a 1962 French adventurer film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Claudia Cardinale.[2]

Directed byPhilippe de Broca
Produced byGeorges Dancigers
Alexandre Mnouchkine
Written byDaniel Boulanger
Philippe de Broca
Charles Spaak
StarringJean-Paul Belmondo
Claudia Cardinale
Music byGeorges Delerue
CinematographyChristian Matras
Edited byLaurence Méry-Clark
Distributed byFilms Ariane/Filmsonor Productions/Franco London Films
Embassy Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • March 7, 1962 (1962-03-07)
Running time
114 minutes
Box office3,610,412 admissions (France)[1]


In the 18th century, Louis Dominique Bourguignon is working with Malichot's gang but their ways are too 'unethical' for him. He hides out from Malichot and joins the army where he and his two new friends survive by hiding out on the battlefield. Together, they rob the general of his gold. Fleeing, they stop at an inn where they meet Venus, a beautiful gypsy who has been taken prisoner. He rescues her and she joins his gang. Returning to Paris, Bourguignon creates his own gang, acting under the name of Cartouche with most of Malichot's gang joining him. They make audacious robberies of the rich and distribute the loot to the poor. Thus, Cartouche attracts the people's sympathies, Venus's love, and hatred from Malichot and the authorities. Malichot goes to the police to betray Cartouche but Cartouche can escape all the traps they set for him - except the entrapments of love. Eventually, the police use this against him and set a trap while he has a tryst with Venus in the countryside. He is captured but his men ambush the guards as they lead him away. In the scuffle that follows, Cartouche is saved by Venus who sacrifices her life to save him from harm. Cartouche and his men place Venus's body in an expensive carriage they stole earlier from a nobleman and roll the carriage in a lake. As the carriage slowly sinks, Cartouche tells his men to disperse as he vows to avenge the death of his beloved Venus - a way that he anticipates will lead him sooner or later to the gallows.



The shooting took place from July 17 to October 6, 1961 in Béziers, Ermenonville and Pézenas. Other locations were Aveyron, Guermantes, Lagny-sur-Marne and Senlis. The film sets were designed by François de Lamothe, and Rosine Delamare was responsible for the costumes.


The film was a massive success at the French box office.[1]

See also


  1. Box Office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. "Cartouche". Retrieved 2014-02-18.

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