6.0/10
1,196
5 user 15 critic

The Man Who Laughs (2012)

L'homme qui rit (original title)
Trailer
2:02 | Trailer
A freak show performer's life is turned upside down when he is discovered to be the missing son of a disgraced noble.

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Améris (scenario & adaptation), Victor Hugo (novel) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured.

Director: Paul Leni
Stars: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt, Julius Molnar
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Francois Donge, a wealthy manufacturer, is fighting death at hospital. He officially suffers from a food poisoning. But actually, his wife Bebe deliberately poisoned him. Flashback: ten ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Decoin
Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, Jacques Castelot
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Angelo is a man with a disfigurement in form of a slash across his mouth. While he deals with this, he falls for a beautiful girl named Dea.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Jean Sorel, Lisa Gastoni, Ilaria Occhini
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval
Moontide (1942)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues ... See full summary »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Fritz Lang
Stars: Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Thomas Mitchell
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre.

Director: Jean Delannoy
Stars: Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Olivier Hussenot
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Isabelle and Gérard go to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California. They have not seen each other for years and are here to answer to an invitation from their son Michael, a ... See full summary »

Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Dan Warner
L'homme qui rit (TV Movie 1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

a young heir is abandoned and raised by a traveling comedian,takes advantage of the smile-shaped scar on his show.

Director: Jean Kerchbron
Stars: Xavier Depraz, Eric Damain, Philippe Bouclet
Boomerang! (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb
Carbone (2017)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Danger of losing his business, Anthony Roca, an ordinary man, develops a scam that will become the heist of the century. Overtaken by the crime, he will have to deal with betrayal, murder and settling.

Director: Olivier Marchal
Stars: Benoît Magimel, Gringe, Idir Chender
La marche (2013)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Inspired from a true story of 1983. The story of a 1000 km peaceful march from Paris to Marseille fighting against racial discrimination and fighting for equality.

Director: Nabil Ben Yadir
Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Tewfik Jallab, Vincent Rottiers
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

Director: Jean-François Richet
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Ursus
Marc-André Grondin ... Gwynplaine
Emmanuelle Seigner ... La duchesse Josiane
Christa Théret ... Déa
Arben Bajraktaraj ... Hardquanone
Serge Merlin Serge Merlin ... Barkilphedro
Christèle Tual Christèle Tual ... Clémence
Swann Arlaud ... Sylvain
Romain Morelli Romain Morelli ... Gwynplaine enfant
Fanie Zanini Fanie Zanini ... Déa enfant
Vincent de Bouard Vincent de Bouard ... Le magistrat
Pascal Ternisien Pascal Ternisien ... Le valet de Clancharlie
Jan Hnilicka Jan Hnilicka ... Le valet de la duchesse
Ludmila Safárová Ludmila Safárová ... La fermière
Markéta Hrubesová ... La jolie paysanne
Edit

Storyline

A freak show performer's life is turned upside down when he is discovered to be the missing son of a disgraced noble.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

suicide | letter | palace | queen | noble | See All (22) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | Czech Republic

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 December 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek smiechu See more »

Filming Locations:

Chotesov, Czech Republic See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,092,903
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Sylvain "plays" a tune on the glasses, the notes change even though he still uses the same glass. Also some notes are made by striking a glass, not by the method used by Sylvain. See more »

Connections

Version of Das grinsende Gesicht (1921) See more »

Soundtracks

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Written and performed by Arvo Pärt
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting story takes a sharp turn
8 February 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Ursus (Gérard Depardieu) is a traveling herbalist who opens his door to two destitute kids. Déa (Christa Theret) is a blind girl who was found in the arms of her dead frozen mother. Gwynplaine (Marc-André Grondin) is a boy abandoned by doctor Hardquanone who cut up his face to resemble the Joker. As they grow up, Ursus realize that people are more fascinated with Gwynplaine's face than with his herbal knowledge. Eventually they become big stars that catch the attention of the duchess Josiane (Emmanuelle Seigner). Soon Gwynplaine's origin becomes even more shocking.

It's an interesting story of the french underclass very much similar to Victor Hugo's more famous work 'Les Misérables'. Then it takes a sharp turn. It causes the movie to stumble as it tries to get its feet back under it. There are too many injustice done to the three. The change in the characters are too abrupt. It becomes either piling on, or that the three are too stupid. This is a love story with too much interference. And the Romeo and Juliet ending really sinks it with its heavy handed melodrama.


5 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed