MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 10,621 this week

The Fire Within (1963)
"Le feu follet" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  7 October 1966 (USA)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 3,882 users  
Reviews: 26 user | 36 critic

Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(based on the novel by)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 26 Dec 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 21 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 24 titles
created 10 Jan 2013
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Fire Within" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Fire Within (1963)

The Fire Within (1963) on IMDb 8/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Fire Within.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clément, Holger Löwenadler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This is a jolly coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old boy named Laurent Chevalier who is growing up in bourgeois surroundings in Dijon, France. This is France in the mid-1950s rather than... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Lea Massari, Benoît Ferreux, Daniel Gélin
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Paris around 1900, Georges Randal is brought up by his wealthy uncle, who steals his inheritance. Georges hopes to marry his cousin Charlotte, but his uncle arranges for her to marry a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Geneviève Bujold, Marie Dubois
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When Jill becomes a movie star, she soon discovers that her private life is destroyed by persistent fans that won't leave her alone. Her mother's ex-lover, Fabio, tries to protect her.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroianni, Nicolas Bataille
May Fools (1990)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Like Vanya, in Malle's last film, Milou never left the family estate. His mother dies during the May 1968 student uprising in Paris. The brother who is the London correspondent for Le Monde... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Miou-Miou, Michel Piccoli, Michel Duchaussoy
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A self-assured business man murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Georges Poujouly
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Twelve years old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps
Alamo Bay (1985)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A despondent Vietnam veteran in danger of losing his livelihood is pushed to the edge when he sees Vietnamese immigrants moving into the fishing industry in a Texas bay town.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Amy Madigan, Ed Harris, Ho Nguyen
Winter Light (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A small town priest struggles with his faith.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The rigid principles of a devout Catholic man are challenged during a one-night stay with Maud, a divorced woman with an outsize personality.

Director: Eric Rohmer
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Françoise Fabian, Marie-Christine Barrault
Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Anna Karina, Sady Rebbot, André S. Labarthe
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

New York actors rehearse Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" in a dilapidated theatre.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Wallace Shawn, Phoebe Brand, George Gaynes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Ronet ...
Léna Skerla ...
Lydia
Yvonne Clech ...
Mademoiselle Farnoux
Hubert Deschamps ...
D'Averseau
Jean-Paul Moulinot ...
Mona Dol ...
Madame La Barbinais
Pierre Moncorbier ...
Moraine
René Dupuy ...
Charlie (as René Dupuis)
Bernard Tiphaine ...
Milou
Bernard Noël ...
Ursula Kubler ...
Fanny
...
Eva
Alain Mottet ...
Urcel
François Gragnon ...
François Minville
Romain Bouteille ...
Jérôme Minville
Edit

Storyline

Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol. Although he is constantly distressed, he leaves the hospital and tries to meet good old days' friends. None of them will be helpful, increasing Alain's distress. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fire Within  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Minville twins, well-off OAS sympathisers, were added to the script by Malle as a criticism of right wing nouvelle vague directors and their support for the French occupation of Algeria. See more »

Goofs

As Alain walks on the streets of Paris, the crew (pushing the dolly) is visible on the shop windows he passes by. See more »

Quotes

Alain Leroy: The sensitivity was in my heart, not my hands.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A gem! This is what film-making is all about.
4 January 2001 | by (minneapolis,minnesota) – See all my reviews

This is a mesmerising film about suicide as a rational way out. Ronet is wonderful in the role, sweetly sad, boyishly charming, tragically self-aware. His loving, well-meaning friends he visits on the way to the final "checking-out" are an interesting study and their inability to connect with Ronet or perceive where he's heading is poignant. For me, the best Louis Malle ever. The choice of music is great as well.


33 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Similar movies? ran-53
Alain Leroy / Alain Leroy Locke rocksbrendan
does anybody know if this movie will be on dvd thirdman1
Satie theme fhnunez
very excited to see it on tv Danep280
Wish I saw this before Royal Tenenbaums, KevinRWright
Discuss The Fire Within (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?