MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 571 this week

The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974)
"L'horloger de Saint-Paul" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  28 June 1976 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,135 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 15 critic

A Watchmaker finds out one day that his son has become a murderer. He tries to understand for whom and why.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 24 Feb 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 20 Mar 2013
 
2
a list of 48 titles
created 29 Aug 2013
 
a list of 708 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974)

The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974) on IMDb 7.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Clockmaker of St. Paul.
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Death Watch (1980)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine, without her knowledge. His footage will then be run ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Stars: Romy Schneider, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Stars: Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story begins on the autumn of 1654 in South France. Eloise lives in a cloister. Her famous father left her there. The young lady is enthusiastic about honour, faithfulness, affection to... See full summary »

Directors: Bertrand Tavernier, Riccardo Freda
Stars: Sophie Marceau, Philippe Noiret, Claude Rich
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azéma, Pascale Vignal
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three friends face mid-life crises. Paul is a writer who's blocked. François has lost his ideals and practices medicine for the money; his wife grows distant, even hostile. The charming ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet
Stars: Yves Montand, Michel Piccoli, Serge Reggiani
Drama | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Martial's mother owns a chain of supermarkets. He had spent some years in a mental hospital because of pervasive indolence. Hoping that an active task may improve his condition, he is sent ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jean-Pierre Marielle
A Bad Son (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bruno is released from prison. He looks for a job and tries to start a new life. His first stop is at his father's apartment.

Director: Claude Sautet
Stars: Patrick Dewaere, Brigitte Fossey, Jacques Dufilho
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Quatre amis, Etienne, Daniel, Simon et Bouly ont du mal à grandir et, la quarantaine révolue, continuent de se jouer des tours. Etienne, qui est toujours resté fidèle à sa femme, tombe ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert
Stars: Jean Rochefort, Claude Brasseur, Guy Bedos
The Cow and I (1959)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1942, a French prisonner of war in Germany decide to escape to France using a cow hold by a lunge as a decoy. He cross all Germany in this way.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Fernandel, Pierre-Louis, Ellen Schwiers
Le chat (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Courbevoie (France), 1971. Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus, hardly talk to each other in their small house, soon to be demolished... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Granier-Deferre
Stars: Jean Gabin, Simone Signoret, Annie Cordy
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

For some time now, women coming home at night have been savagely murdered by a mysterious serial killer. Inspector Lagrume thinks he has found the culprit in the person of Barberot, a local... See full summary »

Director: Jean Delannoy
Stars: Jean Gabin, Annie Girardot, Olivier Hussenot
Mado (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Middle-aged businessman, Simon Léotard finds his future in jeopardy when his partner Julien commits suicide after having accumulated a mass of debts. Simon's unscrupulous business rival ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Sautet
Stars: Michel Piccoli, Ottavia Piccolo, Jacques Dutronc
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jacques Denis ...
Antoine - un ami de Michel
Yves Afonso ...
L'officer de police Bricard
Julien Bertheau ...
Edouard - un ami de Michel
Jacques Hilling ...
Costes - un journaliste
Clotilde Joano ...
Janine Boitard - une journaliste
Andrée Tainsy ...
Madeleine Fourmet - qui a élevé Bernard
William Sabatier ...
L'avocat
Cécile Vassort ...
Martine - une ouvrière
Sylvain Rougerie ...
Bernard Descombes - le fils de Michel
Christine Pascal ...
Liliane Torrini - la compagne de Bernard
Liza Braconnier ...
La femme de ménage
Hervé Morel ...
Bricard's assistant
Sacha Bauer ...
Le juge d'instruction
Edit

Storyline

Michel Descombes is a watchmaker in the district of Saint-Paul, Lyons. He lives quietly, alone with his almost grown-up son, Bernard. One day, the police come and say Bernard murdered a FACTORY OWNER. Superintendent Guiboud asks Michel for help. But Michel realizes how little he knows about his son. He also starts to feel he is unable to blame his son. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Clockmaker  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

to Jacques Prevert See more »

Connections

Referenced in Les nuits brûlantes de Linda (1975) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

impressive movie both politic and emotional
2 September 2002 | by (Istanbul) – See all my reviews

In spite of watching that movie for the sake of great director Bertrand Tavernier, I came across a purely eccentric and impressive masterpiece. Philipe Noiret ,my favorite actor in il Postino and Cinemo Paradiso, performs his boundary limits. Bertrand Tavernier's left glass a little ruins films from the political concern. However this does not reduce the total film quality. Tavernier's camera focuses on an ordinary widow clockmaker surrounding with the high tension political turmoil in Lyon early 1970s. Noiret's son is accused of a factory boss murder and runaway. Between police and his son, Noiret tries to find the real reason that led the murder. But this is a neither action nor criminal movie. Pure relationship between father and son is the core theme of the film. All things considered I strongly recommend this impressive and emotional movie for people to have some idea about the political atmosphere of early 1970s.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?