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Compartiment tueurs (1965)

Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, ... See full summary »

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Benjamine Bombat dite Bambi
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Daniel - le jeune voyageur
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René Cabourg - un représentant
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Georgette Thomas - la première victime
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L'inspecteur Graziani dit Grazzi
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Le commissaire Tarquin
Claude Mann ...
L'inspecteur Jean-Lou Gabert
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Bob Vaski - l'amant de Georgette
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Éric Grandin - un amant d'Eliane
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Madame Graziani
Monique Chaumette ...
Madame Rivolani
Maurice Chevit ...
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Jacques Dynam ...
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La soeur de Georgette
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Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, suspecting that one of them committed the homicide, but the suspects are killed one by one. The last two must solve the case themselves before they become the next victims. Written by mnfowler

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Sometimes Fear Comes as a Friend...Sometimes as an Enemy...But to the People in the Sleeping Car Fear Came as a Stranger...Unknown...Unexpected...Unstoppable!


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17 November 1965 (France)  »

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The beautiful brasserie where the couple are kissing is still in activity in 2017 and is situated in Montparnasse. See more »

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Featured in Mémoires pour Simone (1986) See more »

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Stunning suspense film
8 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw Compartiment tueurs many years ago in a movie house in New York City. I walked outside feeling still overwhelmed by how great a movie it is. It is an excellent mystery with outstanding performances by Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, but it is much more. Most mysteries do not work the second time around. What matters too much is discovering who the murderer is, but not here. What counts is not just the suspense and action but something else, a profound moral statement. The film reminds me a lot of Hitchcock's Vertigo, in which the audience knows two-thirds of the way through the film what has been happening. Well, in this film the audience begin to catch on to something else, something more significant than the identity of the killer. We discover something more disturbing, the pettiness of crime, particularly of murder. It is what Hannah Arendt called the "banality of evil."

I like movies that have depth to them. I should, having degrees in several areas. As a philosopher and ethicist I relate strongly to what this film says. There is no greatness in criminality; by the end of the film we feel only a gnawing sense of all that has been lost.


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