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La menace (1977)

The main character is unhappily married and has an affair. When his wife finds out, she lures his girlfriend to a cliff and throws herself of it, making the girlfriend look as her killer. ... See full summary »

Director:

Alain Corneau

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Daniel Boulanger (scenario), Alain Corneau (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Henri Savin
Carole Laure ... Julie Manet, a Canadian Girl
Marie Dubois ... Dominique Montlaur, Truck Company Manager
Jean-François Balmer ... Inspector Waldeck
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... Examining Magistrate Baron
Roger Muni Roger Muni ... Bruno, Waldeck's Deputy
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... Paco, Trucks Dispatcher
Michel Ruhl Michel Ruhl ... Leverrier, Lawyer
Gabriel Gascon Gabriel Gascon ... Pannequin
Martin Trévières Martin Trévières ... Belloc, Montlaur's Competitor
Patrick Feigelson Patrick Feigelson ... (as Patrick Fiegelson)
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Grocery Owner
Pierre Frag Pierre Frag ... Maurice
Marie Pillet Marie Pillet ... Yvette, Savin's Assistant
Fabienne Arel Fabienne Arel ... Maria
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The main character is unhappily married and has an affair. When his wife finds out, she lures his girlfriend to a cliff and throws herself of it, making the girlfriend look as her killer. The main character then tries to draw suspicion from his girlfriend to himself. It appears he wil succeed... Written by Rfschipper

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France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 September 1977 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Budget:

CAD2,400,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Enough plot holes to fill the Albert Hall,but entertaining!
26 October 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

With hindsight,Alain Corneau's best works are his second (Police Python 357),the third one (this one) and the fourth effort(série noire).The first two are unpretentious suspense movies which are quite gripping.THe last one is a different matter:much more ambitious in scope ,Corneau ,abetted by the late Patrick Dewaere,peaks and shows his limits the same way.Subsequent works will be overblown sagas (Fort Saganne),boring arty works (tous les matins du monde) and blatant commercial duds (le prince du Pacifique).

"La menace" and "POlice Python 357" look like each other.Both feature Montand ,trying to get away with an inextricable situation.In both movies,in order to fool the POlice,he accumulates false pieces of evidence,clues made up from start to finish,you name it...Enough is enough!Sometimes the viewer is fed up .It's more obvious in "la menace" than in "Police Python 357" because the pace is too slow,and the movie suffers from an inexpressive Carole Laure.MINOR SPOILER:It's really too bad that highly superior Marie Dubois should disappear so early in the story(after 25 minutes!)END OF SPOILER

Montand was not that much exciting an actor either.Best male part comes from Jean-François Balmer,playing a die-hard Colombo ,but with a clean raincoat.The ending is rather unusual and nicely absurd;But ,should the Canadian long-distance truck drivers see this movie,they might not agree with the picture of them Corneau gives to the world.


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