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Les félins
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Joy House (1964) More at IMDbPro »Les félins (original title)

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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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22 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
You have to see it in French!, 24 October 2003
Author: Benoît A. Racine (benoit-3) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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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