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René Barjavel (novel)
André Cayatte (writer)
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Release Date:
26 September 1969 (France) See more »
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A rebellious socially-conscious man travels to Nepal to find his dead-beat dad. There, he meets Jane, a beautiful hippie girl hooked on drugs. He's forced to steal artifacts for his father's slimy employer to earn money to help Jane. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Pascale Audret ... Yvonne

Jane Birkin ... Jane

Serge Gainsbourg ... Ted

Elsa Martinelli ... Martine
David O'Brien ... Jacques
Renaud Verley ... Olivier
Steve Eckardt ... Gregory
Gilberte Géniat ... La bouchère
Mike Marshall ... Harold (as Michael Marshall)

Marc Michel ... Marss

Sacha Pitoëff ... Le chef de l'organisation
Jean-Paul Tribout ... Patrick
Xanti Valio

Arlene Dahl ... Laureen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gérard Croce ... Le garçon boucher (uncredited)
Serge Kochyne ... Sven (uncredited)

Directed by
André Cayatte 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
René Barjavel  novel
André Cayatte  writer

Original Music by
Serge Gainsbourg 
Cinematography by
Andréas Winding 
Film Editing by
Borys Lewin 
Production Design by
Robert Clavel 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Guyot 
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Pipard .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Jean Lara .... unit production manager
Ulrich Picard .... production manager (as Ulrich Pickardt)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raj Bhandari .... assistant director
Jacques Bourdon .... first assistant director
Danielle Mainard .... assistant director (as Danielle Ménard)
Sudesh .... assistant director
Art Department
Eric Simon .... set dresser
Sound Department
René Longuet .... sound
Jean Nény .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Gilbert Dassonville .... first assistant camera
Jean Kerby .... still photographer
Bernard Noisette .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Gérard Le Du .... assistant editor (as Gérard Ledu)
Music Department
Jean-Claude Vannier .... orchestrator
Other crew
Josée Elvira .... press attache
Catherine Prévert .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dirty Dolls in Kathmandu" - USA (reissue title)
"Katmandu" - Italy
"The Pleasure Pit" - USA
"The Road to Katmandu" -
"Ways of Katmandu" - Australia (imdb display title)
"Droga do Katmandu" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Katadioxi sto Katmandou" - Greece (video title)
"Katmandou" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Katmandun kirous" - Finland
"Los caminos prohibidos de Katmandú" - Spain
"Mutluluk yollari" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Os Caminhos de Katmandou" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Os caminhos de Katmandou" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Vejen til Katmandu" - Denmark (imdb display title)
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France:100 min | USA:92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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4 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Aux Enfants De La Chance......, 8 February 2009
Author: dbdumonteil

.....To the lucky children who have never known drugs....sings Serge Gainsbourg in one of his best songs about the dealers.Gainsbourg was a singer/songwriter extraordinaire but really a poor actor;anyway ,he could not have saved this absolute dud .By far,André Cayatte 's worst effort ,with an absurd screenplay written by Barjavel (whose attempts at sci-fi are not really exciting,at least to my eyes:but this movie is not sci-fi,mind you).Most of the actors are badly directed ,and even Jane Birkin cannot convince as a junkie with an angel face.

In the past,André Cayatte had taken his movies out of the courtroom (he was unfairly nicknamed "the lawyer of cinema" by Truffaut) ,notably in his excellent "Oeil Pour Oeil" (1957).But here ,only the splendid landscapes around Katmandu are worthwhile.

In his earlier "Avant Le Deluge" ,Cayatte had also shown a youth in despair,dreaming of sailing away to the islands in the sun.But if their plan failed,the movie was really strong,one of these -it's not the only one- overlooked fifties movies.In "Les Chemins De Katmandou" , a young man,after the great disappointment of the aftermath Of May 68,leaves his mother (Elsa Martinelli was about ten years older than Renaud Verley who plays her son),and goes in search of his infamous father who never gave a single penny to them.The road to Katmandu will be a rocky one.The movie will too.

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