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Ten Days Wonder (1971)

La décade prodigieuse (original title)
Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Frederic Dannay (based on the novel by) (as Ellery Queen), Manfred Lee (based on the novel by) (as Ellery Queen) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anthony Perkins ... Charles Van Horn - le fils déséquilibré de Théo
Michel Piccoli ... Paul Regis - un psychologue, l'ancien professeur de Charles
Marlène Jobert ... Hélène Van Horn - la jeune épouse de Théo
Orson Welles ... Théo Van Horn - un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Ludovic Van Horn - le frère et régisseur de Théo
Ermanno Casanova Ermanno Casanova ... Vieillard borgne
Mathilde Ceccarelli Mathilde Ceccarelli ... Réceptionniste hôtel
Eric Frisdal Eric Frisdal ... Charles enfant
Aline Mantovani Aline Mantovani ... Hélène enfant
Corinne Koeningswarter Corinne Koeningswarter ... Hélène enfant
Tsilla Chelton ... Mère Théo
Giovanni Sciuto Giovanni Sciuto ... Prêteur
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Commissaire
Fabienne Gaugloff Fabienne Gaugloff ... Petite fille du train
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Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the Gatsby-like provincial manor presided over by his powerful tycoon father (Orson Welles). Welcomed by Welles' young wife (Marlene Jobert), Piccoli soon finds a nest of rats beneath the bourgeoisie voluptuousness -- a clan bound in a circle of illicit romance, blackmail, faked burglaries and, of course, murder. Written by joeyc187

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The HOW and the WHY of a murder... as well as the WHO. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Days Wonder See more »

Filming Locations:

Colmar, Haut-Rhin, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although this film is based on one of the most renowned of the Ellery Queen detective novels, it removes entirely the character of Ellery Queen. See more »

Quotes

Paul Regis: There is no room for gods like you among men.
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Pour moi mon chagrin
de Dominique Zardi
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Boring Work, Even Worse Acting
10 March 2004 | by oslojSee all my reviews

This so called "thriller" did none of the above, mainly it only made me insensitive to the terrible acting portrayed in the film. About one hour is wasted by the director in presenting incomprehensible scenes from a spoiled and wealthy family. Hopkins is terrible here, playing an annoying rich junkie who doesn't know if he has killed someone or not. The others are squandered away in unmoving, flat dialogue and the end does not surprise anyone at all with its proclamation. Slow and tepid also....


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