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The Telephone Always Rings Twice (1985)

Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois (original title)
A serial killer murders women by knocking them out with the handset of a phone and signs his crime by sticking the dial in his victims' forehead. Private eye Marc Elbichon (whose real name ... See full summary »


Jean-Pierre Vergne
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Didier Bourdon ... Marc Elbichon / Marcel Bichon
Seymour Brussel Seymour Brussel ... Franck Potin
Bernard Campan ... Hugo Campani
Pascal Légitimus ... Blacky
Smaïn Smaïn ... Momo
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le commissaire
Clémentine Célarié Clémentine Célarié ... Annabella
Henry Courseaux Henry Courseaux ... Le docteur Clipps (as Henri Courseaux)
Michel Constantin ... Le directeur du cinéma X
Darry Cowl ... L'agent de police
Patrick Sébastien Patrick Sébastien ... Le faux aveugle au café
Jean Yanne ... L'homme au téléphone
Michel Galabru ... Marraine
Michel Crémadès ... L'opticien
Mario D'Alba Mario D'Alba ... Monsieur Campani - le père d'Hugo


A serial killer murders women by knocking them out with the handset of a phone and signs his crime by sticking the dial in his victims' forehead. Private eye Marc Elbichon (whose real name is Marcel Bichon), craving for notoriety, sets about tracking down the killer. To support him, Marc calls on two childhood friends : Franck Potin, the owner of a bar without patrons and Blacky, a radio presenter. He also requires the help of Momo, his assistant and 'cleaning man' and of Ugo, a reporter already on the trail of the killer. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

23 January 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Telephone See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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1.66 : 1
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French visa # 59178. See more »


Le faux aveugle au café: Speak louder, Sir... I am blind!
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Spoofs Des chiffres et des lettres (1972) See more »


I Wanna Be Killed By You
Adapted by Gabriel Yared
(spoof of "I Want To Be Loved By You", music by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby, lyrics by Bert Kalmar, 1928)
Sung by Clémentine Célarié, accompanied by Trio Arvanitas
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Very good, very funny - a typical French comedy !
17 September 1999 | by Alex FrollSee all my reviews

It was very fun movie. Something like french version of The Police Squad!, with typical good french humor AND typical Police Squad jokes. Watching it I thought, that maybe (I say just "maybe"), besides Police Squad, it has the influence on Naked Gun creators, too ? Some jokes was extremely close...

But why it's so underrated and not well known even in France ?..

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