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Farewell, Friend (1968)

Adieu l'ami (original title)
After an overseas deployment, two former French Foreign Legion members plan to break into the vault of a French corporation.

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Jean Herman

Writers:

Jean Herman (screenplay), Sébastien Japrisot (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Dino Barran
Charles Bronson ... Franz Propp
Olga Georges-Picot ... Isabelle Moreau
Bernard Fresson ... L'inspecteur Antoine Méloutis
Brigitte Fossey ... Dominique 'Waterloo' Austerlitz
Ellen Bahl Ellen Bahl ... Martha
Jean-Claude Ballard Jean-Claude Ballard ... Un inspecteur de police (as Jean-Claude Balard)
Michel Barcet Michel Barcet ... L'inspecteur Muratti
Stéphane Bouy Stéphane Bouy ... Un homme à Neuilly
André Dumas André Dumas ... Le directeur du personnel
Steve Eckardt Steve Eckardt ... Le baraqué
Marie-Noëlle Gresset Marie-Noëlle Gresset ... (as Marie-Noelle Gresset)
Lisette Lebon Lisette Lebon ... Gilberte
Marianna Falk Marianna Falk ... Catherine
Sandrine Schmidt Sandrine Schmidt
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Storyline

After serving together in the French Foreign Legion, a mercenary and a doctor leave the service and go their separate ways. Later, they are reunited by a coincidence. The doctor has made a promise to a friend which involves his breaking into a safe to return some improperly removed bearer bonds. When he hides in an office building to accomplish his task, he is followed by the mercenary, who is out to steal the contents of the safe. Locked inside the building together, they reluctantly agree to cooperate in cracking the safe. However, surprises await them both and in the end, they both must rely on 'the honor among thieves' to straighten everything out. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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The only one to help him is his enemy.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Farewell, Friend See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,800,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Alain Delon originally wanted Richard Widmark as his co-star. See more »

Quotes

Dino Barran: Give me your word.
Franz Propp: I ain't got one.
Dino Barran: Give it to me anyway.
Franz Propp: Very well friend.
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Baran
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix And Orchestra
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France welcomes Bronson.
16 July 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It was a time when Charles Bronson was featured in French/European productions;for the record ,one can mention "Le Passager de la Pluie "(1969) by René Clément,"De la Part des Copains " (1970)by Terence Young and the curious "Quelqu'un Derrière la Porte" (1971)where he teamed up with Anthony Perkins .

"Adieu L'Ami" is arguably best of Bronson's adventures in France ,and best of Jean Herman's small filmography .It's his only success in France "Jeff" feat Delon again being looked upon as a failure. In "Adieu L'Ami" ,Bronson replaces ,in a certain manner,Lino Ventura. The plot is suspenseful in the grand tradition of Boileau-Narcejac's frame-ups .It's one of the rare Sebastien Japrisot's scripts which does not fall apart after the second reel.The scenes in the corridor climax the movie.What a night!

A note about the cast:

Olga-Georges Picot ,after several conventional parts,sank into porno films and prematurely died.

Brigitte Fossey,whose performance in Clement's "Jeux Interdits" (1952:she was five then)was praised to the skies around the world,came back to making movies in 1967 ("Le Grand Meaulnes").It was the second effort of her second career.She is still acting .

Although Bernard Fresson (who recently died)had begun his career with Resnais ("Hiroshima Mon Amour" ,1959) it took him ten years to draw the French audience's attention : his part of a cop was hailed by the critics.


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