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The Ruffian

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The Ruffian (Le Ruffian)
Le Ruffian Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
CAN.jpg Canada
Directed by José Giovanni
Release Date 1983
Language French
Studio Corporation Image M&M
Les Films Christian Fechner
Parma Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Aldo Sévenac Lino Ventura
Gérard Jackson Bernard Giraudeau
The Baroness Claudia Cardinale
Éléonore Béatrix Van Til
John Pierre Frag
Nelson Harting August Schellenberg

The Ruffian (Le Ruffian) is a 1983 French-Canadian adventure movie directed by José Giovanni and starring Lino Ventura as Aldo Sévenac, a French Canadian, who works on a gold mine in Rocky Mountains. One day a gang attacks the mine, planning to loot the gold. After a shootout all robbers are dead, and only three miners survive: Aldo and a pair of Indians (actors James Ernest Davis and Danyl Wahayenni-Martin). The three take the gold but Aldo manages to cheat the Indians and escape. When he crosses a river, his boat falls into waterfall, and while Aldo survives, crates with gold nuggets sink. Now Aldo returns to Canada and gathers a team of his old friends to salvage the treasure.

The following weapons were used in the film The Ruffian:


Colt Python

A security guard on the gold mine carries a Colt Python. During the heist Aldo (Lino Ventura) takes the revolver from the holster of the dead guard and uses it. The younger Indians also uses a Python in the same scene. When the Indians find Aldo in Canada, the elder of two carries a Python.

Colt Python with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
The guard has a revolver in holster.
Aldo fires at M16-wielding robber.
The younger Indian holds a Python.
Aldo holds a Python after the shootout.
In another scene the elder Indian at the left holds a Python.

Colt Trooper Mark III

What appears to be a Colt Trooper Mk III is used by the younger Indian when the two find Aldo in Canada.

Colt Trooper Mark III with 6" barrel - .357 Magnum
The Indian holds his revolver.
The Indian and Gérard (Bernard Giraudeau) grapple for the revolver in the car.
Gérard prevailes and now holds the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

The Baroness (Claudia Cardinale) owns a Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver (thought she doesn't carry it on screen). In the final scene it is used by John (Pierre Frag).

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
The Baroness sleeps with the revolver under the pillow.
John secretly draws the revolver.

Unidentified revolver

A police officer carries a revolver in holster. It has gold medallions in S&W style on the grips, so it's possibly a Smith & Wesson Model 10, but no strict identification is possible.

Le Ruffian-Revolver-1.jpg


Mauser C96

One of the robbers dual-wields a Mauser C96 and a Walther P38.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The blond robber in white mask holds a Mauser and a Walther.

Walther P38

One of the robbers dual-wields a Mauser C96 and a Walther P38.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
The blond robber in white mask holds a Mauser and a Walther.

Star Model B

In the final scene Nelson Harting (August Schellenberg) draws a Star Model B pistol. When he is disarmed, Gérard (Bernard Giraudeau) takes the pistol.

Blued Star Model B - 9x19mm pistol from the movie The Untouchables (1987).
Harting draws the pistol.
He takes Gérard as hostage. The external extractor is visible.
Now the pistol is in Gérard's hands.

Submachine Guns

Madsen M50

One of the robbers is armed with a Madsen M50.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm
The robber fires.
The folded stock of Madsen is seen.
The robber hides behind a jeep.

Mini Uzi

One of the robbers is armed with a Mini Uzi.

IMI Mini Uzi with stock folded - 9x19mm
The bearded robber at the background holds a Mini Uzi.
A close view of firing Mini Uzi.


Remington 870 Police Magnum

What appears to be a Remington 870 Police Magnum is seen in hands of a guard at the entrance of the gold mine. During the heist his shotgun is used by the elder Indian.

Remington 870 Police Magnum customized with extended magazine tube - 12 gauge

The guard at the entrance holds a shotgun.
The Indian fires from below a track.
He holds the shotgun.
Another view of the shotgun.
The shotgun is seen leaning against the wall at the right.

Remington Model 31

A security guard in the mine office carries a shotgun that appears to be a short-barreled Remington Model 31.

Remington Model 31 - 12 gauge
The guard holds a shotgun.
The guard with a shotgun is seen at the background.

Winchester Model 1912

One of the robbers is armed with a Winchester Model 1912. In another scene a police officer holds a shotgun that also appears to be a Winchester M1912.

Winchester Model 1912 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
The robber at the right holds a shotgun.
The robber with shotgun is seen at the background.
A police officer with a shotgun.

Assault Rifles


One of the robbers is armed with an M16A1.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Le Ruffian-M16-2.jpg
The robber massacres the miners with his M16.

Valmet M71

One of the robbers is armed with Valmet M71.

Valmet M71S with plastic handguard and resin stock - .223 Rem
Le Ruffian-AK-1.jpg
A close view of firing Valmet M71.
The robber in white robe carries his Valmet M71 on sling. Resin stock seen here.

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