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Dirty Hands (1975)

Les innocents aux mains sales (original title)
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 »

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Louis Wormser
François Maistre ...
Commissaire Lamy
Paolo Giusti ...
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Georges Thorent
Hans Christian Blech ...
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Pierre Santini ...
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Maître Albert Légal
Henri Attal ...
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Serge Bento ...
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Jean Cherlian ...
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Jurgens Doeres ...
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Gilbert Servien
Dominique Zardi ...
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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 the rest of the task to Jeff. Julie finds herself alone the following day, and becomes therefore prime suspect. Where is Louis' body? Where is Jeff? Is there any secret beyond a door? Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Savage Greed. Searing Sex. Shattering Suspense. See more »

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'Romy Schneider' dubbed herself in the final English language version (besides filming the scenes with Rod Steiger in English). See more »

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Referenced in Sadsacks Go to War (1974) See more »

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Romy Schneider and Paolo Giusti plot the murder of her husband, Rod Steiger
1 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Innocents with Dirty Hands" (1975) is a film noir that builds in new directions from a plot element taken from both "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice". Wife (Romy Schneider) plots with lover (Paolo Giusti) to murder husband (Rod Steiger). The resemblance ends there. This story has plenty of plot twists, enough that at several points the characters have to stop and explain what's going on. Adding interest are several detectives who also do some theorizing. They are the smirking Francois Maistre and the plodding Pierre Santini. That's not all. There's really excellent work added by Schneider's lawyer, Jean Rochefort, a very strong actor. He legally combats the judge, Hans Christian Blech, a good character actor.

For cast and plot complications, in an upper-class sunny setting, the film earns its appeal and entertains, although not without a degree of clunkiness and sometimes failure to achieve the Hitchcockian irony it aims for. Let us not dwell on plot holes. That will be too revealing, and they are not that important anyway. Instead, let us note that the movie has a very nice focus on the character played by Schneider and that of Steiger. She's at the heart of the film, playing a character whose loyalties shift. She's woman: mysterious, deep, unfathomable. Steiger's deeper emotions are also explored in the presence of the ravishing Schneider, who fascinates almost every man she encounters. He's not at all sure that he can satisfy her. Rochefort comments on her beauty as soon as he meets her. Her lover, Giusti, is enthralled by her and must have her. What is she really like? What does she really want? If we start with sexual satisfaction, money and comfort, we have a pretty good start at understanding her. However, she won't go with just any man. She spurns Steiger's financial adviser, Francois Perrot, who crudely suggests a quid pro quo when she needs some money.

This is an enjoyable outing into noir territory that remains fertile despite having been cultivated before.


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