MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,478 this week

This Man Must Die (1969)
"Que la bête meure" (original title)

GP  -  Thriller  -  20 October 1970 (USA)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 2,354 users  
Reviews: 24 user | 20 critic

Single father obsessed with murdering the hit&run driver who killed his only child, poses as a screenwriter to get close to an actress who was in the death car. He feels fully prepared to ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (dialogue), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 05 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 20 Dec 2011
 
list image
a list of 30 titles
created 13 Mar 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 20 Mar 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: This Man Must Die (1969)

This Man Must Die (1969) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of This Man Must Die.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Les Cousins (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul's flat. Paul is a kind of decadent boy, a disillusioned pleasure-seeker, always dragging along with ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Gérard Blain, Jean-Claude Brialy, Juliette Mayniel
Dirty Hands (1975)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Saint Tropez, 1975. Julie Wormser and her lover, writer and neighbour Jeff Marle, plan the assassination of her wealthy husband Louis, an impotent who drinks a lot. She hits him, and leaves... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Romy Schneider, Rod Steiger, François Maistre
The Breach (1970)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Helene Regnier's husband Charles, who is mentally ill, injures their son Michel in a rage. Charles moves back in with his wealthy and manipulative parents, who blame Helene for their son's ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michel Bouquet
Crime | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a small town begins losing its citizenry in a series of grisly murders, out-of-town police inspector Jean Lavardin (Jean Poiret) is sent to investigate. Could the killers be a bullied ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jean Poiret, Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet
Leda (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wealthy wine grower has trouble with his wife, his children, his best friend, and his mistress across the way, who is murdered.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Madeleine Robinson, Antonella Lualdi, Jean-Paul Belmondo
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, Stéphane Audran
Mystery | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Michel Piccoli, Marlène Jobert
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A champagne tycoon's (Furneaux) partner (Ronet) suspects his partner's gigolo husband (Perkins) of murders he's been framed for.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Maurice Ronet, Yvonne Furneaux
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

1941. A little town in the Jura is cut in half by a river that forms the border between Nazi-occupied France and the free zone.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Jean Seberg, Maurice Ronet, Daniel Gélin
Blue Panther (1965)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Marie-Chantal travels by train to her cousin's place to spend a winter holiday, when a stranger - apparently a fugitive from someone aboard - entrusts her with a jewel in the shape of a ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Marie Laforêt, Francisco Rabal, Serge Reggiani
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Roger Hanin, Maria Mauban, Daniela Bianchi
Ophélia (1963)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Alida Valli, Claude Cerval, André Jocelyn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Caroline Cellier ...
Jean Yanne ...
Anouk Ferjac ...
Marc Di Napoli ...
Louise Chevalier ...
Madame Levenes
Guy Marly ...
Lorraine Rainer ...
Dominique Zardi ...
Police inspector
Stéphane Di Napoli ...
Raymone ...
Michel Charrel ...
Le casseur
France Girard
Bernard Papineau
Robert Rondo ...
Le garagiste
Edit

Storyline

Single father obsessed with murdering the hit&run driver who killed his only child, poses as a screenwriter to get close to an actress who was in the death car. He feels fully prepared to kill the pretty young woman if she was the driver, but as his knowledge of her family grows, so does his empathy for them. Written by David Stevens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

20 October 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

This Man Must Die  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Paul's wife talks to Charles about the "Nouveau Roman", she mentions several writers, including Paul Gégauff, who is credited in this movie for the screenplay and dialogue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Vier ernste Gesänge
Written by Johannes Brahms
Sung by Kathleen Ferrier
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Multi-layered and intelligent revenge drama
12 August 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

Following a number of fairly mediocre efforts from the early to late sixties, Chabrol got right back on track with the excellent "Le Biches", and followed that film with "Que la bête meure", an intensely involving revenge drama with the emphasis on psychology and character over action and violence.

The film opens like any revenge thriller would (albeit probably better-shot and acted than most of them), with a child being killed in a hit and run and his father vowing to track down and kill the perpetrator. The tale slowly becomes more and more psychological, however, and ends up being a variation on a Greek tragedy, as others have noted. Chabrol is rarely content with following the expected routine (when he is his films can be dismal), and "Que la bête meure" is far from routine, as we end up spending more than an hour with the all the main characters in place and even together most of the time. The script is carefully written to avoid plot issues (outside of the contrived and silly first clue the main character gets, I can't think of any major issues I had with the script), and the dialogue is as deliberately orchestrated as Chabrol's direction is, building the suspense and drama gradually.

After the nearly continuous camera motion in "Les Biches", Chabrol takes a different approach to this film. It's less stylized and more natural, with the shot composition never feeling contrived as it sometimes did in Chabrol's immediately preceding effort, although there is some very good and very deliberate work around when we first meet the villain. Chabrol also uses close-ups to great effect, particularly in the scene late in the film with Paul and Charles on a sail boat.

What is striking about "Que la bête meure" is that while it deliberately builds suspense it also refuses to work as a thriller, and this is most clearly seen towards the end of the film when we get the standard twists but they're so subtle and low-key that one barely pays attention to them. The plot doesn't really matter here, the film is about much more, about the moral implications of revenge, about the nature of man, and it does well to apply these preoccupations to its characters so that we are never far removed from the emotions they are going through, in particular the main character Charles, played by Michel Duchaussoy.

After a string of disappointing features the last two years of the sixties saw two strong efforts from Claude Chabrol which helped keep him as relevant to cinema as he is. "Que la bête meure" is not a perfect film, and it may not even necessarily be a great film (although I think it qualifies), but it is engaging and enjoyable and far from empty. It leaves one thinking about it well after it has finished playing.

8.5/10


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss This Man Must Die (1969) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?