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The Old Gun (1975)

Le vieux fusil (original title)
In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in ... See full summary »

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Robert Enrico
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Julien Dandieu
Romy Schneider ... Clara Dandieu
Jean Bouise ... François
Joachim Hansen ... L'officier S.S.
Robert Hoffmann ... Le lieutenant
Karl Michael Vogler ... Docteur Müller
Caroline Bonhomme Caroline Bonhomme ... Florence Dandieu (8 years)
Catherine Delaporte Catherine Delaporte ... Florence Dandieu (13 years)
Madeleine Ozeray ... Julien's Mother
Daniel Breton Daniel Breton
Jean-Paul Cisife Jean-Paul Cisife ... Le chef milicien
Antoine Saint-John ... German soldier killed in the kitchen
Maurice Bes Maurice Bes
Bernard Bireaud Bernard Bireaud
Jean Le Boulbar Jean Le Boulbar
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Storyline

In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in the back country village where Julien has an old castle. One week later, Julien decided to meet then for the week end, but the Germans are already occupying the village. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

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Nobody ever dies. Not your wife. Not your child. Not as long as you can keep on loving...and killing. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

22 August 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Vengeance One by One See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,225
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lino Ventura was asked to have Philippe Noiret's character but Ventura refused because it was too violent for him. See more »

Goofs

Close to the end, when Julien burned the whole room together with the SS Officer, a crew member with fire extinguisher can be seen on the right side of the scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was changed to show German soldiers in a less inhuman way. Some scenes were deleted, others were substituted. The East German version was unchanged. See more »

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Referenced in Man Bites Dog (1992) See more »

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Le Vieux Fusil 1944
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix Et Orchestre
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Violent and thought-provoking WWII drama in which a surgeon seeks vengeance against Nazis
11 February 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Strong War/drama set in France during WWII with marvelous main cast as Philippe Noiret and Romy Schneider . Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu (Philippe Noiret) is a doctor in the local hospital. Frightened by the Nazi army coming Montauban, and occupying the little town , he asks his partner Francois (Jean Bouise ) to led his spouse (Romy Schneider) and daughter in the back country villa where Julien owns an old mansion . Some days later, Julien decided to meet then for the weekend, but the Nazis are already taking the village and the castle . He turns into Revenger Angel when his family is attacked by furious Germans (Joachim Hansen , Robert Hoffman ) , as his wife is fired and daughter is shot. Then he stalks the Nazis and takes the law into his own hands, searching vengeance .

This exciting film contains romantic elements , brooding drama ,suspense , intrigue, thrills and lots of violence. Noiret is top-notch in a fully-formed main role as grief-plagued surgeon becoming avenger and he displays efficiently his old rifle killing mercilessly nasties .It's certainly thrilling , though the morality may be questionable , even in this time, as the spectators were clearly on the Noiret-Julien's side . It has a complex pace by means flashbacks in which are narrated the lovely relationship between the amiable surgeon and the attractive Romy Schneider . Colorful cinematography by Becker , being correctly remastered . Enjoyable musical score including a sensible leitmotif is composed and conducted by Francois De Roubaix .The motion picture is stunningly written and directed by by Robert Enrico . He was a good professional who directed interesting films as ¨Jailsbird vacation¨ , ¨Rum Runners¨, ¨The wise guys¨ and his masterpiece ¨The adventurers¨ and of course ¨The old fusil¨ . Rating : 7,5 , better than average. The film will appeal to French cinema lovers


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