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And Hope to Die (1972)

La course du lièvre à travers les champs (original title)
A crook on the run hooks up with a criminal gang to commit a kidnapping. However, things don't go quite as planned.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadine Nabokov ...
André Lawrence ...
Chef gitan
Don Arrès ...
Louis Aubert ...
Ellen Bahl
Béatrice Belthoise
Jean Coutu ...
Jean-Marie Lemieux ...
Michel Maillot ...


The one that runs like the hare of French title is a Tony Cardot, young French pilot, who very unfortunately crashed his plane into a group of Gypsy children not far away from Montreal. Pursued by a group of vengeful Gypsies, his way accidentally crosses that of Charley, the boss of a gang planning a big caper. Taken prisoner by Charley and his men, Tony will become involved in the affair against his will... Written by Guy Bellinger

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From this split-second on these men are going to be very rich... or very dead!


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Release Date:

15 September 1972 (France)  »

Also Known As:

And Hope to Die  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Emmanuelle Béart. See more »


Sugar: [nodding towards the handcuffed Tony] Who is he?
Mattone: Somebody about to die.
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References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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Offbeat Caper Film that Cannot Sustain it's Momentum
28 April 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Unusual caper film that is hampered by a overall sense of smugness. A group of gangsters decide to proceed with a kidnapping even though their intended victim has already died.

Starts out like a bang with some of the fastest, most well staged, most realistic action you'll ever see. Then it just starts to slow down until it almost comes to a standstill. There is a array of offbeat touches throughout, but even that bag gets empty. The result is a very somber, stilted ending that almost looks like a car running out of gas. Trying to turn it into something 'philosophical' doesn't help. There is enough bizarre, entertaining ingredients already without having to try to make it more than it is.

Ryan is tremendous in one of his last film appearances. Farrow is also fun in her role. At times she looks and sounds almost exactly like her older sister Mia, except for the long hair. Ray seems to be the only drawback here. His broad buffoonery seems out of place in a film that tries so hard to be elusive.

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