Up 28,086 this week

Chair de poule (1963)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 224 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 2 critic

A man plans a hold-up with a group of trusted fellows, he gets his hands on the money, and the girl - what could go wrong? Almost everything.



(novel), (adaptation), 2 more credits »
0Check in

Related News

The Forgotten: The Love Rack

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3622 titles
created 23 Aug 2011
list image
a list of 57 titles
created 01 Jan 2012
list image
a list of 982 titles
created 21 Aug 2012
a list of 98 titles
created 25 Nov 2013
a list of 56 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Chair de poule" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Chair de poule (1963)

Chair de poule (1963) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chair de poule.


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of people visit a weird old man who is a student of the black arts. The man lives in an ancient, cursed castle. Soon people in the group start being killed off.

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Nadja Tiller, Jean-Claude Brialy, Perrette Pradier
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young, handsome, dashing but cynical, Octave Mouret arrives in Paris, determined to conquer the belles of the capital. His first attempts are not too successful though as he is rebuffed by ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Gérard Philipe, Dany Carrel, Jacques Duby
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In a village of the Po valley where the earth is hard and life miserly, the priest and the communist mayor are always fighting to be the head of the community. If in secret, they admired ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Fernandel, Gino Cervi, Vera Talchi
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

1) Jerôme Chambard, a retired man, taken in by nuns in a convent, swears like a trooper. 2) Françoise takes a lover because he has promised her a diamond necklace. 3) Denis, a seminarist, ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Michel Simon, Lucien Baroux, Claude Nollier
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Francis Girod
Stars: Michel Piccoli, Romy Schneider, Mascha Gonska
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Pépé le Moko is a gangster from Paris that hides in Algier's Casbah. In the Casbah, he is safe and is able to elude the police's attempts to capture him. But he misses his freedom, after ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre
Eva (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A raw Welsh novelist in Venice is humiliated by a money-loving Frenchwoman who erotically ensnares him.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Stanley Baker, Virna Lisi
The Golem (1936)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Golem, a giant creature created out of clay by a rabbi, comes to life in a time of trouble to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Harry Baur, Roger Karl, Charles Dorat
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

What do you do when you want to commit suicide whereas you have just had the suicide clause cancelled from your insurance contract ? Just ask your wife ! What do you do when the attractive ... See full summary »

Director: Denys de La Patellière
Stars: Michèle Morgan, Daniel Gélin, Michèle Mercier
Pile ou face (1980)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

For inspector Baroni,Monsieur Morlaix is the main suspect who might have killed his wife.

Director: Robert Enrico
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Michel Serrault, Dorothée
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Bold and attractive, Mike Alexander is an American who smuggles drugs across the Spanish Mediterranean. Ingrid Dekker is in love with him while the double-crossing Emily Birk tries to ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, José Antonio Nieves Conde
Stars: George Sanders, Herbert Marshall, Patricia Roc
The High Life (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Giulietta Masina, Gustav Knuth, Gert Fröbe


Complete credited cast:
Robert Hossein ...
Daniel Boisset
Jean Sorel ...
Paul Genest
Catherine Rouvel ...
Georges Wilson ...
Lucien Raimbourg ...
Nicole Berger ...
Jacques Bertrand ...
Jean-Jacques Delbo ...
Sophie Grimaldi ...
Jean Lefebvre ...
Priest (as Jean Lefevre)
Maurice Nasil
Armand Mestral ...
Le curé / Corenne


A man plans a hold-up with a group of trusted fellows, he gets his hands on the money, and the girl - what could go wrong? Almost everything.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama






Release Date:

13 November 1963 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Highway Pick-Up  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Sound System)
See  »

Did You Know?


Remade as The Dumb Die Fast, the Smart Die Slow (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ultra-cynical noir
4 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Even though every day, you may walk past countless hordes of folk, you may even interact with a huge number of people, often-times in this era, and definitely in my time and place, and in the movie, one's psychological community, the people you have substantial interaction with, is less than a handful of people, and in the end maybe you are simply alone. I think that's brought out by the location of Chair de poule, the "relais du col", an isolated service station high in the mountains. People pass through all the time, but they're customers, cruel and spoilt (I can testify to the bad behaviour of people passing through service stations, having worked at one during my university holidays). So the horde just want things from you, but here so do your "intimate" associates. Like many french crime films of the time, Touchez pas au Grisbi (1954), being an example, or actually all of Jacques Becker's great movies, the prospect of male friendship / solidarity is tantalisingly present and seen as far more fulfilling than romantic love. It's perhaps the only escape in a cruel world. The movie's beautiful scenes are when Daniel (Robert Hossein) and Thomas (Georges Wilson) meet on the col road. A particularly wonderful and wistful tune by Georges Delerue plays here. Later, when the crapola has contacted the proverbial rotary device, a trumpeter on a passing coach-trip is there to taunt Daniel, with another wistful tune, this time mockingly so. Duvivier's is a cruel eye.

I deliberately didn't start with the a plot outline, because it's the psychology, symbolism, and the atmosphere of the movie, rather than what's a rather generic plot that is what it's all about. The plot is, as has been pointed out, a simple noir one of ordinary people being tempted by crime, the middle section has elements of The Postman Always Rings Twice (overtly, and also covertly - there is commentary on where lust ends and love begins). Chair de poule does rise above cliché, and you can genuinely feel how stifled the two Parisian friends, Paul and Daniel are. How long can one stand in the cold? Women aren't perhaps as misogynistically portrayed as in many noir. Throughout the movie men are controllers of safes, from the initial mark, a rich man whose safe is up for robbing, and who therefore counts far more beautiful women as habitual accessories, to the proprietor of the relais du col, and Paul and Daniel, who hitherto worked in a safe-makers factory. It's a world defined by men, where every woman needs a man. Daniel's warm words about Thomas to his wife are instantly sneered at for being a, "man's opinion". Ultimately Maria (Catherine Rouvel) is a character that can be sympathised with, a character with a back story, neither an angel nor a harlot, but a woman. She is still with us and acting in movies at the time of writing! Her face at times in the movie reminded me of a cheetah's at points, she comes across as wild but snared in the world's man-trap.

Top marks for pure villainy go to Lucien Raimbourg as Roux, who had all the shameless rapacity of that great French character from Les Misérables, Thénardier.

Chair de poule is darkly satisfying.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Chair de poule (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: