The 400 Blows

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Original title Les Quatre Cents Coups
Category Drama
UK Release Date
Production year 1959
Production Country
Directors François Truffaut
Cast Richard Kanayan, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Serge Moati, Guy Decomble, Pierre Repp, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay, Robert Beauvais, Yvonne Claudie, Daniel Couturier, François Nocher, Renaud Fontanarosa, Michel Girard
Distributor British Film Institute (BFI)


A young Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel, neglected by his derelict parents, skips school, sneaks into movies, runs away from home, steals things, and tries (disastrously) to return them. Like most kids, he gets into more trouble for things he thinks are right than for his actual trespasses. Unlike most kids, he gets whacked with the big stick. He inhabits a Paris of dingy flats, seedy arcades, abandoned factories, and workaday streets, a city that seems big and full of possibilities only to a child's eye.