A Man Named Rocca

A Man Named Rocca
Directed by Jean Becker
Produced by Adry De Carbuccia
Roland Girard
Screenplay by Jean Becker
Based on novel L'Excommunié by José Giovanni
Starring Jean Paul Belmondo
Music by Claude Normand
Cinematography Ghislain Cloquet
Release dates
  • 1961 (1961)
Country France
Language French
Box office 1,193,387 admissions (France)[1]

A Man Named Rocca (French: Un nommé La Rocca, Italian: Quello che spara per primo) is a 1961 French-Italian crime-thriller film directed by Jean Becker and starring Jean Paul Belmondo. It is based on the 1968 novel L'Excommunié by José Giovanni. Belmondo appeared in another film version of this novel in 1972, directed by Giovanni, called Bad Luck.


Roberto La Rocca is an ex-gangster who is told by "The Mexican" that his friend Xavier Ad has been imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. He goes to Marseilles to meet Ad's partner Villanova.

Rocca suspect that Villanova is involved in the frame up and seduces his mistress Maud. He shoots and kills Villanova and takes over the gambling club run by Xacier and Villanova.

Rocca falls in love with Ade's sister, Genevieve. Xavier is found guilty and setenced to ten years in prison. When gangsters threaten the club, Rocca shoots them and is sentenced to prison too.

In prison, Rocca and Xavier colunteer to clear land minds. Xavier loses an arm because of this. When they get out, Rocca and Genevieve plan to buy a farm together. However Genevieve is killed in a shoot out cased by Xavier. The friendship between Rocca and Xavier is over.



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