A fortune in diamonds is stolen and the jeweller killed. Petty crook Jacques Darnay is jailed for the crime. Released on parole eight years later Darnay is well aware that he is being tailed by police and gangsters alike, both sides wanting to recover the loot. The consensus is that Darnay committed the robbery but not the murder. Unanswered questions include: where did Darnay get his information? who killed the jeweller? and where are the diamonds? Darnay returns to Paris, intending to pick up the diamonds and flee the country. But then his closest friends are killed and gang boss Gino Ruggieri hesitates in helping him. Times have changed: a new and more ruthless breed of crook has emerged. Meanwhile, everyone around Darnay is being killed off, which means that police chief Rouxel is also onto him. — http://filmsdefrance.com/FDF_Le_battant_rev.html
The magnetic Alain Delon was among the most prominent French actors of the postwar era; an exotically handsome performer, he sprung from offscreen rumor and scandal to emerge as a uniquely enigmatic and sinister talent. Born November 8, 1935, in Sceaux, France, Delon spent his formative years primarily in the care of foster parents. He later was sent away to a series of boarding schools, and at the age of 17, he joined the marines, serving as a parachutist in Indo-China. Upon his discharge, Delon returned to Marseilles and struck up a friendship with aspiring actor Jean-Claude Brialy, who invited him to attend the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. There Delon’s delicate good looks won him a number of movie offers, including a rumored seven-year deal with David O. Selznick. In the end, he accepted a small role in the Edwige Feuillere film Quand la Femme S’en Mele, followed by an appearance in 1957’s Sois Belle Et Tais-Toi.
Delon’s first lead role in a picture came opposite Romy Schneider… read more