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I Spit on Your Grave (1959)

J'irai cracher sur vos tombes (original title)
Joe Grant, a light-skinned African-African, heads to a small Southern town to investigate the lynching death of his brother. He draws the attention of a gorgeous heiress whom he learns may have been involved in the killing.

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Christian Marquand ...
Antonella Lualdi ...
Lizbeth Shannon
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Horace Chandley
Renate Ewert ...
Sylvia Shannon
Marina Petrova ...
Sheila (as Marina Petrowa)
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Sonny
Catherine Fonteney ...
Virginia Shannon
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David
Jean Droze ...
Ted
Gisèle Gallois ...
Mona
Lud Germain ...
Harrison - Le serviteur des Shannon (as Ludovic Germain)
Monique Just ...
Jay
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Elmer
Marie-Blanche Vergnes ...
Janet
André Versini ...
Lex
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In the American south, light-skinned Afro-American Joe Grant leaves Memphis and moves to a small town after his 18-year-old brother Sonny is brutally lynched for attempting to marry a white woman. Joe's skin is so light that he is able to pass himself off as Caucasian and find work in a local bookstore. To get revenge on white society, Joe seduces a rich young white girl Lizbeth Shannon, and plots her death. Meanwhile, Joe discovers that the bookstore where he works is a front for an extortion ring, and the town's intolerant men make his life miserable. They wish to kill him, out of racism and jealousy, because the women are attracted by Joe's masculine charms. As time goes by, Joe falls in love with Lizbeth. She loves him back until she learns that he is of African descent. Besides, she is engaged to another young man, Elmer. She suggests they run away together to avoid the blackmailers and the marriage. Joe is beaten by the blackmailers, but the pair manages to run away. Elder ... Written by Artemis-9

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26 June 1959 (France)  »

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Featured in Drive-In Follies (1989) See more »

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Composed and Conducted by 'Alain Goraguer'
Performed by Alain Goraguer Et Son Ensemble
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French film about a racist gang of "rebels without a cause"
20 May 2008 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a black man, Joe Grant (Christian Marquand) that has white skin, and decides to revenge his brother's death. He goes to a town and starts hanging around the people he thinks are involved in the lynching. The young crowd that should have the style of "Rebel Without a Cause" look more like they came from "La Dolce Vita". The women get crazy about Joe, working in a library. He seems to have ambivalent feelings, almost strangling them at the beginning, and then becoming passionate. He falls in love with a rich girl, Lizbeth Shannon (Antonella Lualdi) which corresponds him, but is engaged to Stan, the gang's leader. Meanwhile Lizbeth's sister Sylvia will try to seduce him. For those who like sports cars of the fifties there is a nice looking Austin Healey. There is love, passion, but most of all hate. After seeing the film I read the Boris Vian book which I disliked, and thought that the film was much better.


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