Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A true story of Peter Kurten, a serial killer who committed nine murders and many other offenses in Dusseldorf during the Great Depression era.

Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Robert Hossein, Marie-France Pisier, Roger Dutoit
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Michèle Morgan, Robert Hossein, Olivier Hussenot
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Robert Hossein, Françoise Prévost, Paul Meurisse
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Pierre Rossi and Béatrice live in the same block of flats in Marseille and love each other. One night, Béatrice leaves her apartment. Pierre knows that his fiancée goes to a rendezvous, but... See full summary »

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Robert Hossein, Magali Noël, Estella Blain
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

One dark night, in the deserted streets of Nice, an American car slowly drives past Victor Menda, then slowly pulls up. A come on from the mysterious blonde at the wheel leads to Victor ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Robert Hossein, Marina Vlady, Odile Versois
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Michèle Morgan, Robert Hossein, François Patrice
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Christian-Jaque
Stars: Simone Renant, Jean Marais, Paul Bernard
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

"This European "western" by Robert Hossein (scripter, director, and lead) is set in an unnamed Latin American country suffering under a dictator. A revolution is underway, or at least there... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Robert Hossein, Giovanna Ralli, Mario Adorf
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its naive owner, is a good man married to Cora, a young and sexy bitch, half his age. Frank, although ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Chenal
Stars: Fernand Gravey, Michel Simon, Marcel Vallée
Double Agents (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

(1959) Robert Hossein, Marina Vlady, Robert Le Beal. A brilliant "little" spy film. Hossein and Vlady play mysterious characters who meet up one night in a lonely cabin in the wilds of ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Robert Hossein, Marina Vlady, Michel Etcheverry
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Marina Vlady, Henri Vidal, Serge Reggiani
Manèges (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After having spent all his money to fullfill the smallest wish of his wife Dora, Robert is still madly in love with her. Now, she is at agony, and her mother comes. She will reveal to ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Allégret
Stars: Bernard Blier, Simone Signoret, Jacques Baumer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Pierre Massa
...
Maria / Claudia
...
Luciano
...
Tony
...
Albert
André Toscano
Maurice Jacquin ...
La Balafré
Roger Carel ...
Le patron du café
Paul Préboist ...
Le coiffeur
Serge Marquand
Willy Braque
Henri Attal ...
(as Henry Attal)
Dominique Zardi ...
Un dur
Stivie Danik
Natacha Koumianou
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

murder | russian roulette | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1 April 1964 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Death of a Killer  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Melancholic crime thriller
17 April 2012 | by (The Divided States of Earth) – See all my reviews

The basic premise is simple, and so is the plot, but it unfolds step by step in a way that keeps the film nicely paced throughout its short running time. Basically it's about a gangster (played by Robert Hussein's stoic self) who, after being released from prison, seeks vengeance on his former best friend who he blames for his incarceration and who also appears to have taken off with his sister (Marie-France Pisier) while he served his sentence, a sister which the gangster probably loves a bit more than a brother should. As you can probably tell by the title 'La mort d'un tueur' (Death of a Killer) doesn't go for big surprises, instead it's the elegant and stylish manner in which this very familiar genre material is executed that takes center stage in this melancholic crime thriller.

I found it quite amazing in its simplicity because it provides so much clarity without requiring much dialogue. It probably won't rock anyone's world, there isn't really any substance to it and like me you'll probably have seen it all before but all the elements are put together to great effect and it's achieved on apparently a very small budget. Probably what IS remarkable is how very Leonesque the film is given that it was made before it could have possibly been influenced by Leone ('A Fistful of Dollars' came out later the same year), I had already found Hossein's "Exterminating Angel"/"Marienbad"/murder mystery mix 'Le jeu de la vérité' quite Leonesque and that film came out in 1961.

Also there are quite a few flashbacks that are more or less montages with music playing over them and employing voice-over narration instead of using the scenes' actual sounds and hearing the characters in the flashbacks speak which I can't really remember seeing in an earlier film than this one although I'm probably just not thinking hard enough. Anyway, it's pretty much a gangster flick with spaghetti western flair which is probably why I was often reminded of the films of the great Hong Kong action filmmaker Johnny To. If, like me, you are no stranger to the simple joys of watching three gangsters in suits walk in formation accompanied by cool jazzy music this little gem comes highly recommended to you.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I've seen it eyesviolet
Discuss La mort d'un tueur (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?