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Michel (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a young thug who models himself on the film persona of Humphrey Bogart. After stealing a car in Marseille, Michel shoots a policeman who has followed him onto a country road. Penniless and on the run from the police, he turns to his American girlfriend Patricia (Jean Seberg), a student and aspiring journalist, who sells the New York Herald Tribune on the streets of Paris. The ambivalent Patricia unwittingly hides him while they dally in her apartment as he simultaneously tries to seduce her and call in a loan to fund their escape to Italy. At one point, Patricia says she is pregnant with Michel's child. She learns that Michel is on the run when questioned by the police. Eventually, she betrays him, but before the police arrive, she tells Michel what she did. He is somewhat resigned to a life in prison, and does not try to escape at first. The police shoot him in the street and, after a protracted death run, he dies.

Cast

Jean SebergPatricia Franchini
Jean-Paul BelmondoMichel Poiccard / Laszlo Kovacs
Daniel BoulangerPolice Inspector Vital
Henri-Jacques HuetAntonio Berrutti
Roger HaninCarl Zubart
Van DoudeHimself
Claude MansardClaudius Mansard
Liliane DreyfusLiliane / Minouche (as Liliane David)
Michel FabrePolice Inspector #2
Jean-Pierre MelvilleParvulesco the Writer
Jean-Luc GodardThe Snitch
Richard BalducciTolmatchoff
André S. LabartheJournalist at Orly
François MoreuilJournalist at Orly
Liliane RobinMinouche
Gérard BrachPhotographer (uncredited)
Philippe de BrocaA Journalist (uncredited)
José Bénazéraf(uncredited)
Jean DomarchiA Drunk (uncredited)
Jean DouchetA Journalist (uncredited)
Raymond HuntleyA Journalist (uncredited)
Louiguy(uncredited)
Michel Mourlet(uncredited)
Guido Orlando(uncredited)
Madame Paul(uncredited)
Raymond Ravanbaz(uncredited)
Jean-Louis RichardA Journalist (uncredited)
Jacques Serguine(uncredited)
Jacques Siclier(uncredited)
Virginie Ullmann(uncredited)
Emile Villion(uncredited)

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French New Wave? Nouvelle Vague? You must have heard of it. À bout de souffle, perhaps...

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