Backfire (1964 film)


Film poster
Directed by Jean Becker
Produced by Paul-Edmond Decharme
Screenplay by Jean Becker
Maurice Fabre
Didier Goulard
Luis Marquina
Claude Sautet
Daniel Boulanger
Based on the novel by Clet Coroner
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean Seberg
Enrico Maria Salerno
Music by Grégorio García Ségura
Martial Solal
Cinematography Edmond Séchan
Edited by Monique Kirsanoff
Capotole Movies
South Pacific Films
Distributed by CCFC (France)
Royal Films International (US)
Release dates
  • 4 September 1964 (1964-09-04) (France)
Running time
97 mins
Country France
Language French
Box office 2,007,088 admissions (France)[1]

Backfire (French: Échappement libre, Italian: Scappamento aperto, Spanish: A escape libre) is a 1964 French crime film directed by Jean Becker, which stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, reuniting for the first time since Breathless (1960).


A criminal organisation offers a Parisian man, David, $10,000 to transport a car across Europe. They tell him little about it except that drugs are not involved. He is accompanied by a photographer Olga.

David discovers he is smuggling gold. The two travel to Beirut then Damascus. They fall in love and David wants the gold for himself.



The film was made by the same team who had produced Banana Peel (1963).

It was to have starred Jean Louis Trintignant but he withdrew and was replaced by Belmondo.[2]

Filming took place from February 10 to April 7, 1964. Costa Gravas was an assistant director.[1]


The film was the 19th most popular movie at the French box office in 1964.[3]


  1. 1 2 "Box office information for Backfire". Box Office Story. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  2. Coates-Smith, Michael; McGee, Garry (4 May 2012). The Films of Jean Seberg. McFarland. p. 89.
  3. "1964 French box office". Box Office Story. Retrieved 28 August 2016.

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