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The Outside Man (1972)

Un homme est mort (original title)
PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | January 1973 (USA)
After fulfilling a contract killing in Los Angeles, a French hit man becomes the target of a hit himself and tries to flee back to Paris.

Director:

Jacques Deray

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay), Jacques Deray (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Lucien Bellon
Ann-Margret ... Nancy Robson
Roy Scheider ... Lenny
Angie Dickinson ... Jackie Kovacs
Georgia Engel ... Mrs. Barnes
Felice Orlandi ... Anderson
Carlo De Mejo ... Karl
Michel Constantin ... Antoine
Umberto Orsini ... Alex
Carmen Argenziano ... Second Hawk
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani ... Butler
Ted de Corsia ... Victor
Edward Greenberg Edward Greenberg ... Hitchhiker
Philippa Harris Philippa Harris ... Salesgirl
Jackie Earle Haley ... Eric
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Storyline

French hitman Bellon (Trintignant) has been hired by mobsters to kill Victor, a rival mobster. Bellon travels to Victor's home in Los Angeles and shoots him. When Bellon tries to flee the country, he discovers that his passport and luggage have been stolen, and that another hit man named Lenny (Scheider) has been hired to kill him. Written by Strelnikoff

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If you kill the most powerful man in organized crime, they've got the rest of your life to get you.


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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outside Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jackie Earle Haley, when Jean-Louis Trintignant slaps him in the face, Trintignant really slapped him hard. Two takes were filmed and Trintignant slapped for real both times. See more »

Alternate Versions

An "X" Rated addition used for European release contains 10 additional minutes, most notably in the scene where Jean Louis Trintignant meets Ann Margret at the downtown LA nightclub. The European version contains full frontal nudity throughout the scene. This "X" rated version screened in Los Angeles at the American Cinematheque in 1998 and was mistakenly screened as the "PG" version on Showtime Networks in 2001. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 2 (1996) See more »

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Un Homme Est Mort
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Ses Rythmes
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Not as good as it should have been
9 August 2010 | by highwaytouristSee all my reviews

This had all the makings for a first rate international crime action drama. There is a good premise, of a hit-man agreeing to off a powerful crime boss to pay off a debt, only to discover it was a set-up with himself marked for death, a first-rate cast, a "Shaft"-inspired score by Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand, and excellent location photography which captures the Los Angeles landscape. So why doesn't this film work? For one thing, it never settles on a tone, and it swerves between character study to crime drama and doesn't have enough of either. The character being studied is impossible to care about anyway, the crime aspects are never fully explored, and most the action scenes are mostly ordinary. Even the climactic shootout isn't all that exciting, in spite of happening in a clever location. The result is that the film is usually depressing. There are a few good scenes and the cast is more than up to the task. However, most of the actors are given little to do. In the lead, the great French actor Jean- Louis Trintignant does little more than glower or sulk, making this one of his less memorable performances. Ann Margaret is beautiful, but her role is merely set decoration. Georgia Engel steals the show as a ditsy housewife who innocently gets caught up in the double cross and violence, but she doesn't have that large of a role. The truth is, she's the only person who evokes any sympathy, with everyone else being either a vicious criminal, an inept cop, or an apathetic bystander. That wasn't an unusual situation in 1970's crime dramas, but it doesn't make for exciting viewing. Some people like this movie a lot, so if you're really interested, judge for yourself, but don't complain if you were also disappointed.


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