La Scoumoune

La Scoumoune ("Bad luck") is a 1972 French film directed by José Giovanni, starring Jean Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale and Michel Constantin. It is an adaption of Giovanni's novel L'Excommunié.[2]

La Scoumoune
Directed byJosé Giovanni
Produced byRaymond Danon
Screenplay byJosé Giovanni
StarringJean Paul Belmondo
Claudia Cardinale
Music byFrançois de Roubaix
CinematographyAndréas Winding
Edited byFrançoise Javet
Release date
Box office1,966,700 admissions (France)[1]

La Scoumoune is a remake of a 1961 French movie, A Man Named Rocca, directed by Jean Becker, also based on Giovanni's novel and starring Belmondo in the same part.


In the mid-1930s mobster Roberto La Rocca (Jean-Paul Belmondo) comes to Marseille to help his friend who was framed by the local crime bosses. Roberto is caught up in clashes between different gangs and as a result serves a long sentence in prison for the murder of several enemy gang members. Once in prison he begins to prepare his escape.



  1. Box office information about film at Box Office Story
  2. "Claudia Cardinale". Retrieved December 1, 2010.

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