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Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952)

 -  Drama  -  8 January 1957 (USA)
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Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing. He is condemned to death. In jail, expecting the presidential pardon, he mets... See full summary »

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Marcel Mouloudji ...
René Le Guen
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Gino Bollini
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Dr. Albert Dutoit
Julien Verdier ...
Bauchet
Claude Laydu ...
Philippe Arnaud
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Michel Le Guen
Jacqueline Pierreux ...
Yvonne Le Guen (version française)
Lucien Nat ...
L'avocat général
Louis Arbessier ...
L'avocat du tribunal pour enfants
René Blancard ...
Albert Pichon
Léonce Corne ...
Le colonel instructeur
Henri Crémieux ...
L'avocat de Bauchet
Jean Daurand ...
Girard, l'homme dans la cabine téléphonique
Yvonne de Bray ...
La chiffonnière
Guy Decomble ...
Un inspecteur
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Rene is not a bright guy. He was taught to kill by the Resistance. But the WW2 is over and he keeps on killing. He is condemned to death. In jail, expecting the presidential pardon, he mets other condemned men. An anti-capital punishment drama, written and directed by a former lawyer. Written by Yepok

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French death row depicted in anti-capital punishment movie
5 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Nous sommes tous assassins" or "We are all murderers" illustrates its anti-capital punishment theme by taking us inside a prison and inside the cells where prisoners condemned to be executed wait and live in fear. The movie doesn't preach. It depicts. Its indictment of capital punishment is mostly indirect. It goes beyond the inhumane aspects. The men who are the murderers and being murdered in the name of social order are, in one way or another, shown as pitiable wretches, unfortunates, misfits. For this reason, it is difficult to see that the threats they pose to social order demand execution. On the other hand, it is far from clear that lengthy imprisonment solves the basic problem of criminal actions.

Those involved within the system, the guards, the chaplains, the doctors, the officials, can't do anything about it. Society grinds on.

This movie is worth seeing, but it's not a classic. Every so often, a scene or a part of a scene rises to excellence, but too many times the screenplay doesn't gel. It may be that badly translated subtitles are partly responsible. The movie is only occasionally gripping, but does have its moments. Mostly one feels as if one is at a distance watching the torment of the prisoners. The dramatization is not top quality. It simply doesn't click the way it should. However, it has some outstanding moments when it focuses on the inmates as they are led to their executions. And Raymond Pellegrin is memorable, he's so neurotic and jumpy.


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