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13 November 1963 (France) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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The Forgotten: The Love Rack
 (From MUBI. 17 July 2012, 1:49 PM, PDT)

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Cast

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Robert Hossein ... Daniel Boisset

Jean Sorel ... Paul Genest
Catherine Rouvel ... Maria
Georges Wilson ... Thomas
Lucien Raimbourg ... Roux

Nicole Berger ... Simone
Jacques Bertrand ... Marc
Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Joubert
Sophie Grimaldi ... Starlet

Jean Lefebvre ... Priest (as Jean Lefevre)
Maurice Nasil
Armand Mestral ... Le curé / Corenne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serge Bento ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Maurice Bénard ... Petit rôle (uncredited)
Lucien Callamand ... Petit rôle (uncredited)

Robert Dalban ... Le brigadier (uncredited)

Directed by
Julien Duvivier 
 
Writing credits
James Hadley Chase (novel "Come Easy--Go Easy")

Julien Duvivier (adaptation) &
René Barjavel (adaptation)

René Barjavel (dialogue)

Produced by
Raymond Hakim .... producer
Robert Hakim .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel 
 
Film Editing by
Suzanne de Troeye 
 
Art Direction by
François de Lamothe 
 
Art Department
Frédéric de Pasquale .... assistant production designer (as Frédéric de Pascuale)
Eugène Roman .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Paul Boistelle .... sound mixer
Joseph Giaume .... sound (as Giaume)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Delaunay .... assistant camera
Jean Malaussena .... assistant camera
Yves Mirkine .... still photographer
Robert Schneider .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Walter Spohr .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Annie Maurel .... script supervisor
 

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107 min
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Mono (Westrex Sound System)
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Evil in the sun, 16 January 2011
Author: melvelvit-1 from NYC suburbs

Locksmith Daniel Boisett (Robert Hossein) and his co-worker Paul Genest (Jean Sorel), friends since childhood, supplement their income with the occasional burglary until life spins wildly out of control one rainy night after Paul kills a man who catches them robbing his apartment. Paul manages to escape but Daniel's wounded by police and, taking the fall alone, is later sentenced to 20 years in prison but, enroute to the big house, he escapes and hitches a ride with the middle-aged Thomas (Georges Wilson) who offers him a job at his roadside restaurant. Daniel quickly accepts but soon finds out that Thomas' sexy young wife, Maria (Catherine Rouvel), has had her eye on the nest egg in her husband's safe for a long time and could use a man like him...

Julien Duvivier's classic French noir, based on a ripe piece of pulp fiction by James Hadley Chase ("Come Easy -Go Easy"), careens into THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE territory at this point but the story takes so many breathless twists and turns, any comparisons are ultimately unfair. All kinds of complications ensue when Maria's husband ends up dead and Paul pops up again but "no good deed goes unpunished" in this perverse universe where greed, lust, and self-preservation trump decent human emotions like love and friendship every time. Daniel's the quintessential noir anti-hero, caught in a vortex of nightmarish cause and effect, and the femme fatale's a feral sex kitten who double-crosses anyone who crosses her path. Like MGM's version of THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, much of HIGHWAY PICKUP takes place in broad daylight, giving the film an "evil under the sun" aura and even though a stylistic shadow world, hallmark of the American Film Noir, is absent here, thematically the film's as bleak and as black as they come. The bitterly ironic ending, reminiscent of both Robert Siodmak's CRISS CROSS and Stanley Kubrick's THE KILLING, is a memorable one.

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