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21 January 1959 (France) See more »
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Powerful mixture of spy thriller and gangster movie, with Ventura on top form See more (2 total) »


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Lino Ventura ... Paul Lamiani
Estella Blain ... Nadine Maroux

Paul Frankeur ... Raymond Maroux
François Chaumette ... Paulan

Nadine Alari ... Pierrette Lamiani

Eugene Deckers ... Toni Luigi (as G. Deckers)
Françoise Honorat

Margo Lion ... Camille - la tenancière
Philippe Mareuil ... Régis
Anne Valon
André Weber ... Walter
Hy Yanowitz ... Un homme de main

Jess Hahn ... Donald
Alfred Adam ... Le colonel - chef de la D.S.T.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yves Arcanel ... L'inspecteur Berger (uncredited)
Jacqueline Caurat ... La présentatrice (uncredited)
Pierre Collet ... Marcel, le garagiste (uncredited)
Gérard Darrieu ... (uncredited)
Albert Daumergue ... M. Beaujard - un homme au restaurant (uncredited)
Georges Demas ... Un inspecteur (uncredited)
Henri Guégan ... Un homme de main (uncredited)
Guy Henry ... Un joueur / Un inspecteur (uncredited)
Sylvain Levignac ... Un inspecteur (uncredited)
Patrick Millow ... Le fils de Paul (uncredited)
Roger Saget ... Marcel (uncredited)

Directed by
Maurice Labro 
Writing credits
Jean Redon (scenario) and
Claude Sautet (scenario)

Frédéric Dard (dialogue) and
Jean Redon (dialogue)

Frédéric Dard (adaptation) and
François Chavane (adaptation) and
Claude Sautet (adaptation)

Produced by
François Chavane .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Van Parys 
Cinematography by
Pierre Petit 
Film Editing by
Germaine Artus  (as Germaine Lamy)
Production Design by
Jean-Paul Coutan-Laboureur 
Sound Department
Jean Labussière .... sound editor
Other crew
Odette Susr .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Le fauve est lâché" - France (original title)
"The Beast Is Loose" - International (English title)
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98 min
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Powerful mixture of spy thriller and gangster movie, with Ventura on top form, 27 March 2006
Author: kinsayder from United Kingdom

This is a very effective French spy thriller set in the underworld milieu of "Touchez pas au grisbi", where a code of honour can mean more than a handful of cash. Lino Ventura plays an ex-gangster who became a hero of the Resistance and who's now settled down (so he thinks) for a quiet life with his family in the restaurant business. But the French secret service need him for one more mission, and when he refuses they frame him and set up his escape from the police (the "good guys" in this movie are almost as underhand and contemptible in their methods as the gangsters).

It turns out his assignment is to spy on an old wartime buddy who may be trading in secret documents, so pretty soon he's caught between his loyalty to a friend, the secret service who expect him to complete his mission, and the ruthless gang who want the documents at all costs. Add to the mix a two-timing blonde (Estella Blain) and you're in business...

The fast pace of the story and the physicality of Ventura's performance (he was a former boxer) give the film a great sense of energy. Even when he isn't punching his way through a roomful of armed thugs, Ventura is like a coiled spring, and it's hard to take your eyes off him (sensibly, the scenes where he's off-screen are kept to a minimum). In many of his subsequent movies, Ventura's physical power is implied rather than directly shown; here, it's all on the screen, and when his family is threatened the full meaning of the title "The Beast Is Loose" becomes apparent...

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