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Praying Mantis (1982)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | TV Movie 13 December 1984
A middle-aged professor's young bride and his assistant plan to commit a double murder disguised as a "Crime Passionel", but discover too late that one of their intended victims has become a fellow conspirator.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Philip Mackie, Hubert Monteilhet (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Pryce ... Christian Magny
Cherie Lunghi ... Beatrice Manceau
Carmen Du Sautoy ... Vera Canova
Pinkas Braun ... Professor Paul Canova
Anna Cropper ... Gertrude
Friedrich von Thun ... Insurance Director
Arthur Brauss ... Richter
Sarah Berger Sarah Berger ... Madeleine
Kevin McNally ... Bernard
David Schofield ... Cafe Waiter
Margaret Ward Margaret Ward ... Madame Magny
Richard Warner ... Monsieur Magny
Jonathan Blake Jonathan Blake ... Raymond
John Bryans John Bryans ... Dubreuil
Gordon Kane Gordon Kane ... Sound Technician
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A middle-aged professor's young bride and his assistant plan to commit a double murder disguised as a "Crime Passionel", but discover too late that one of their intended victims has become a fellow conspirator.

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

13 December 1984 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Rukoilijasirkka See more »

Filming Locations:

Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Part 1 & 2)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The full running time of the two part series as available on DVD is 2 hours 31 minutes. See more »

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The perfect recipe for Spite & Malice.
15 November 2000 | by ceegravesSee all my reviews

Wicked! Witty! Wonderful! One of the best psychological suspense thrillers to be brought to the screen, this movie might've have been easily subtitled "Spite & Malice", but never have the two vices been served up so divinely! Cherie Lunghi shines!


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