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The Night Caller (1975)
"Peur sur la ville" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller, Drama  |  9 April 1975 (France)
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Commissaire Letellier and Inspector Moissac are tracking Minos, a serial killer whose victims are women.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Le commissaire Jean Letellier
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L'inspecteur Moissac
Adalberto Maria Merli ...
Pierre Valdeck / Minos (as Adalberto-Maria Merli)
Rosy Varte ...
Germaine Doizon
Roland Dubillard ...
Le psychologue
Jean Martin ...
Le commissaire divisionnaire, Sabin
Catherine Morin ...
Hélène Grammont
Germana Carnacina ...
Pamela Sweet
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
Marcucci
Henry Djanik ...
Un inspecteur de police
Louis Samier
Jacques Paoli ...
Lui-même
Jean-Louis Fortuit
Gilberte Géniat
Philippe Brigaud
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Storyline

A serial killer frightens Paris by phoning young ladies at night, telling them insults about their lives. Minos, as he calls himself, wants to prevent the world from free women and so he targets them. Commissaire Letellier is given the investigation and has a hard time with the maniac. Written by Frederic Villemin <fredv@infonie.fr>

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Action | Thriller | Drama

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9 April 1975 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Fear Over the City  »

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Gross:

SEK 644,015 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Jean-Paul Belmondo performs his own stunts. He was coached by Rémy Julienne. See more »

Goofs

During the metro chase, the train driver is obviously alone in his cabin. However, when the train passes the overground bridge three people in the cabin are easily visible. See more »

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Referenced in Frantic (1988) See more »

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Prototypical serial-killer thriller.
12 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Fear Over The City" is one of those films that invented what later became known as the clichés of the "serial-killer thriller" subgenre. It's all here: the mad killer who fancies himself a moral avenger, the "Freudian" explanations of his behavior, the threatening phone calls to the potential victims and the taunting ones to the police, the hostage situation at the end, etc. The structure of the film is almost experimental, with a chase sequence in the middle that goes on for about 30 minutes, and an entire subplot (about a bank robber who killed Belmondo's previous partner) that is little more than a mere distraction. Belmondo is good as the cynical, hard-as-nails cop, and yes, he does perform some stunts in this movie that are worthy of Jackie Chan at his finest. He has some great moments of black humor, too ("his heart really IS bleeding!") (**1/2)


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