Pierre Tercelin who used to be a prosperous industrialist is now ruined and embittered, having become a mere lock keeper. A widower, he lives with his daughter Evelyne, a music-hall dancer.... See full summary »

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Inspecteur Principal Malouvier
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Evelyne Tiercelin
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Pierre Tiercelin
Béatrice Altariba ...
Lisiane Chartrain (as Béatrice Alta-Riba)
Jean Meyer ...
Eugène Gallois
Marie-Hélène Astier
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Philippe de Coppet
Louis Arbessier ...
Me Rodier
Daniel Clérice ...
Léo Geens / Pierrot
Mag-Avril ...
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Le patron du bistrot
Jean Droze ...
Julien (as Jean Droz)
Alain Quercy ...
Bernard Chartrain - le fils
André Dumas
Jean-Jacques Lécot ...
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Pierre Tercelin who used to be a prosperous industrialist is now ruined and embittered, having become a mere lock keeper. A widower, he lives with his daughter Evelyne, a music-hall dancer. Claiming he is being persecuted by his cousin Edgar he gets in touch again with another cousin of his he hates, Bernard, a millionaire gun runner,who is also a victim of Edgar. It must be said that both Pierre and Bernard once caused Edgar to go bankrupt... Pierre offers Bernard to join efforts against Edgar. Soon after, Bernard dies of poison, which is only the first of a series of acts of violence. Tiercelin is shot at while going back home, Bernard's son is gunned down while his sister Luciane disappears. Chief-inspector Malouvier - who oddly enough looks very much like the suspect- investigates.... Written by Guy Bellinger

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10 January 1958 (France)  »

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Los violentos  »

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Whodunit in the dark
11 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

"Les Violents " should have been Calef's best movie.Unfortunately it is not.The opening is brilliant : a murky dark atmosphere where a strange silhouette moves ,sometimes you can only see threatening eyes in the dark.A great moment:the captain to a frightened Ledoux: "what does he look like?" "he looks like you" .

The problem is the number of characters :there are so many persons on the screen that it's very hard to catch up with the plot.Calef had qualities,but creating a supporting character was not his forte (in "la Passante " it's also obvious).The ending is meant to be surprising and it is ,but it's so implausible you can't say it packs a wallop .

Best performance comes from Fernand Ledoux ,as a jaded bitter man ,whose life has been ruined by his cousin.For the rest,it's a faceless cast,even the talented Paul Meurisse.


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