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Peur sur la ville (1975)

Commissaire Letellier and Inspector Moissac are tracking Minos, a serial killer whose victims are women.

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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
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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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There's a killer on the loose ... Belmondo is the cop who will do anything possible ... or impossible ... to stop him. See more »

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9 April 1975 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Fear Over the City  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the chase of Minos on the roofs, Letelier and Minos are on the Galeries Lafayette store roof. When Letellier lost Minos, he leaves a building that is supposed to be closed to the store? In reality, he couldn't arrive in this street by the roof because there's a street between the two buildings. See more »

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Referenced in The Story of Eloise (1976) 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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