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Vertigo for a Killer (1970)

Vertige pour un tueur (original title)
Marc Régent, a hit man in the pay of ruthless gang leader Marcus, refuses to gun down René, his friend. Hunted down by Marcus's men, he fakes a suicide but Marcus does not take the bait. He... See full summary »


Jean-Pierre Desagnat (screenplay) (as J.P. Desagnat), Pierre Rey (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Marc
Sylva Koscina ... Sylvie
Michel Constantin ... René
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... Mario
Robert Dalban ... Juan
Alan Scott Alan Scott ... Le marin américain
Michel Bedetti Michel Bedetti ... Francis
Georges Berthomieu Georges Berthomieu
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Le routier
Guy Di Rigo Guy Di Rigo ... Un tueur de Barcus
Eric Donat Eric Donat
France Durin France Durin
Nikita Harye Nikita Harye
Daniel Moosmann Daniel Moosmann ... Antoine
Roger Pelletier Roger Pelletier ... L'employé de la morgue


Marc Régent, a hit man in the pay of ruthless gang leader Marcus, refuses to gun down René, his friend. Hunted down by Marcus's men, he fakes a suicide but Marcus does not take the bait. He ends up tracing him at the the Nice airport where Marc was to take a plane for Dakar. In order to escape his former boss and his killers, Marc seeks support from a beautiful woman, Sylvie Dussort, who takes him to her home. What he does not know is that the lady has a hidden agenda... Written by Guy Bellinger

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France | Italy



Release Date:

5 August 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ende einer Flucht See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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French visa # 36947 delivered on 3-8-1970. See more »

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It's Nice in Nice
28 February 2017 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Hit-man Marcel Bozzuffi (Marc) misses his intended victim on purpose and his gangland boss catches up with him to exact revenge. However, he manages to escape to Nice and the rest of the film plays out on the French Riviera as he is pursued there and meets up with wealthy housewife Sylva Koscina (Sylvie) who seems to also have an agenda of her own. Looks like everyone is after him – can he escape once more?

You find yourself rooting for the gunman on the run to survive his ordeal. He's up against a ruthless gang, though, and they are everywhere. Their leader is a cold killer and you wouldn't want to cross him as he is unforgiving. You need to pay attention throughout this film as it can be complicated with the different assortment of characters. It is probably a better watch on the second time around when you can make more sense of who's who and understand the plot regarding Sylva more clearly.

At the beginning of the film, we get a sailor arrive in the old port of Nice. It's where my dad lives and you can see the apartment where he lives. Can't wait to show him this part of the film. I probably know the bar they film in as well. So, it's got a sentimental reason for me to hold onto this one. Even without the family connection, it's still worth a watch.

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