6.6/10
1,116
9 user 10 critic

Magnet of Doom (1963)

L'aîné des Ferchaux (original title)
Broke French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer Michel Maudet becomes bodyguard for the fugitive corrupt banker Ferchaux.

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation), Jean-Pierre Melville (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Therese is a nun-in-training who returns to "civilian" life to care for her young sister Denise.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Philippe Lemaire, Juliette Gréco, Yvonne Sanson
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A French UN delegate has disappeared into thin air, sending reporter Moreau (Jean-Pierre Melville) and hard drinking photographer Delmas (Pierre Grasset) on an assignment to find him. Their only lead is a picture of three women.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Pierre Grasset, Christiane Eudes, Ginger Hall
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A gangster escapes jail and quickly makes plans to continue his criminal ways elsewhere, but a determined inspector is closing in.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Raymond Pellegrin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The dangerously obsessive relationship between a psychologically manipulative brother and sister who isolate themselves and draw others into their mind games.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Nicole Stéphane, Edouard Dermithe, Renée Cosima
Le Doulos (1962)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A burglar betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

1941 in a small town in Nazi occupied France. Against the will of its elderly male and his adult niece residents, the Nazis commandeer a house for one of their officers, Lt. Werner von ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Howard Vernon, Nicole Stéphane, Jean-Marie Robain
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Set during occupied France, a faithless woman finds herself falling in love with a young priest.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc
Un Flic (1972)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a shaky first heist, a group of thieves plan an even more elaborate- and more risky- second heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A day in the life of Beby the clown. Filmed between shows at Circus Medrano, at home and in the streets of Paris, with his faithful partner and friend the clown Maïss.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Beby, Maïss
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Michel Maudet
Charles Vanel ... Dieudonné Ferchaux
Michèle Mercier ... Lou
Malvina Silberberg Malvina Silberberg ... Lina (as Malvina)
Stefania Sandrelli ... Angie, Hitch-Hiker
Barbara Sommers Barbara Sommers ... Lou's friend
E.F. Medard E.F. Medard ... Suska
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Jeff
André Certes André Certes ... Émile Ferchaux
Andrex ... M. Andrei
Jerry Mengo Jerry Mengo ... Banker
Delia Kent Delia Kent ... Prostitute
Ginger Hall Ginger Hall ... Nurse
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel ... Boxeur
Simone Darot Simone Darot
Edit

Storyline

When French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer Michel Maudet looses his last fight he decides to quit boxing. The French banker and businessman Dieudonné Ferchaux is looking for a new personal secretary and bodyguard. The 25 year old ex-paratrooper is perfect for this role and he accepts the job. Because Mr. Ferchaux is in trouble with the French authorities, especially for his tax evasion crimes, he decides to run to America taking his personal secretary and bodyguard with him. After being threatened with extradition from the USA Mr. Ferchaux plans to escape to South America.He carries a vast sum of money with him but his bodyguard Maudet has a few dishonest ideas of his own. Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 September 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

An Honorable Young Man See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the New York City footage, shot circa October 1962, West Side Story is at the Rivoli, The Longest Day is at the Warner, and Mutiny on the Bounty is at the State; as the sequence ends, we also see The Chapman Report at the Criterion; theatre buffs will also see the Trans-Lux and the Forum. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Michel Maudet: My name is Michel Maudet. I guess. Back then, I was a boxer. Or more precisely, trying to become one.
See more »

Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
End of the Line
26 March 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Washed-up boxer Jean-Paul Belmondo answers an ad for a secretary. It's Charles Vanel, a magnate whose brother has just been jailed for corruption. Vanel needs to get out of the country, pick up his money in New York and then fly to extradition-safe Venezuela. Belmondo goes with him. In New York, the bankers put him off, so they go on a road trip, ending up near New Orleans. Vanel grows weaker. Belmondo chafes at the situation. Locals try to get him to help kill the old man.

There's a sequence in which Belmondo goes to New Orleans and has an affair with Michèle Mercier, whose character is a French stripper called "Lou." This makes me think that writer-director Jean-Pierre Melville had the song "Frankie and Johnny" in mind, and that this is a love story with a tragic ending, with Belmondo on a voyage of self-discovery through an alien, idealized America of his own imagination How these pieces fit together is not clear; Melville had these bizarre ideas of how things worked that often bore no relationship to reality. The journey, wth Vanel occasionally providing insight into how Belmondo's character thinks, strikes me as something of a journey into the underworld. Melville's symbolism is so idiosyncratic, and the pacing so slow, that the movie is recondite and unsatisfactory.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed