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Les félins
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Fonda ... Melinda

Alain Delon ... Marc

Lola Albright ... Barbara

Sorrell Booke ... Harry
Carl Studer ... Loftus
André Oumansky ... Vincent
Arthur Howard ... Father Nielson

George Gaynes
Annette Poivre ... Employee
Berett Arcaya ... Diana
Marc Mazza ... The Corsican
Jacques Bézard ... Napoleon
Jean-Pierre Honoré ... Schneider
Georges Douking ... Clochard (as Douking)
Del Negro ... Mick (as Negro)

Directed by
René Clément 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
René Clément 
Pascal Jardin  dialogue
Pascal Jardin  screenplay
Day Keene  novel "Joy House"
Charles Williams  dialogue
Charles Williams  screenplay

Produced by
Jacques Bar .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
Film Editing by
Fedora Zincone 
Production Design by
Jean André 
Costume Design by
Pierre Balmain 
Makeup Department
Alex Archambault .... hair stylist
Aïda Carange .... makeup artist
Production Management
Léon Sanz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Costa-Gavras .... assistant director
Bernard Paul .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert André .... assistant decorator
Eugène Roman .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Alain Douarinou .... camera operator
Victor Rodrigue .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Catherine Gascuel .... assistant editor
Music Department
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor
Roger Guerin .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Raymond Guiot .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Pierre Michelot .... musician: Basses (uncredited)
Jean-Michel Pou-Dubois .... music engineer (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Michel Choquet .... general manager
Yvette Vérité .... script girl

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les félins" - France (original title)
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2006) | Sweden:15 | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Revealing mistakes: 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Keep watching this gets REALLY good by the end., 12 August 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Joy House" (aka "Les Félins") is a French suspense film that really sneaks up on you. That's because about 70% through the film, I was rather bored. However, late in the picture, everything came together so well--so perfectly--that you can't help but really admire the film.

This film begins with a group of paid killers capturing a schnook (Alain Delon) who has apparently ticked off the boss. However, despite beating the snot out of the guy, he's able to escape and desperately looks for a place to hide. He wanders into the lives of two ladies (Jane Fonda and Lola Albright) and they help him hide and give him a job as a chauffeur. This is a bit strange and it's all chalked up to the ladies being full of love of the poor and destitute. However, through the course of the film, Delon picks up on some clues that PERHAPS these women aren't such wonderful benefactors--and he is being kept their for nefarious reasons. However, if he leaves, the killers will find him and dispatch him. What's next?!

In many ways, this film is very reminiscent of a later Delon film, "Diaboliquement Vôtre". Both have wonderful endings and both involve Delon being held in a mansion due to ulterior motives. So, in a way, this later film is a bit derivative--but still good. Both, however, feature AMAZING endings--deliciously twisted and very satisfying.

By the way, one of the killers is played by Sorrel Booke--the guy who later played 'Boss Hogg' on "The Dukes of Hazard". Also, the DVD case really makes "Joy House" look like a terrifically sexy film. It has its moments, but really is a suspense film not a film with a lot of skin.

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