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French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alan Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda ... See full summary »

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French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alan Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda and Lola Albright. The two women move him to a Gothic mansion owned by Albright, a millionaires with a Salvation Army complex. Fonda, her cousin, is hot for him and repeatedly attempts to seduce him while someone is attempting to poison him; and his murderous former associates have got wind of his whereabouts. Written by alfiehitchie

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When the car with two people goes over the cliff in the convertible, you can clearly see that only one person (the driver) is in the car. See more »

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Featured in Filmmaking on the Riviera (1964) See more »

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Theme From Joy House (Just Call Me Love Bird)
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Peggy Lee
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You have to see it in French!
24 October 2003 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I never saw the English dubbing of this film, but I saw the French original and it is superlative. The music by Lalo Shiffrin is absolutely groundbreaking and a promise of "missions impossible" to come. The photography and editing only give Godard's "Breathless" a knowing passing reference but are way ahead of anything the so-called New Wave (with its stuttering scripts, faulty story-telling, amateur production values and intellectual pretensions) could ever come up with. You'll think you're watching outtakes of "A Hard Day's Night" and the film would still be better than most of today's US suspense-actioners if it hadn't been for the invention of the steadycam. You haven't truly lived until you have experienced Jane Fonda's French-speaking virginal sex kitten act. A taut thriller, extremely modern, from a filmmaker who was always synonymous with the principle of "quality first". Like many French film classics, it is inspired by those oh-so-exotic British/US "romans noirs" (crime novels). And it is a statement on the cold fact that women are about to take over the world and that those lovely little menzipoos can only be relied on for violence and sex.


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