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The Night Caller (1975)

Peur sur la ville (original title)
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.

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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

When Minos visits the police station in order to talk to Letellier, two healthy eyes can be seen behind his sunglasses. See more »

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Referenced in The Story of Eloise (1976) See more »

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JP Belmondo Chases Killers Across Paris
10 December 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Jean Paul Belmondo and his associate, Charles Denner, play tough cops after two killers in "Fear Over the City." Although not listed in the credits, the city of Paris plays a major supporting role. One killer, Marcucci, is a bank robber Belmondo's character is after for killing a fellow cop during an auto chase. At one point later in the picture, Belmondo is on the roof of a Paris Metro car above ground as it goes though Paris, with the cop killer inside the train. The viewer gets a chance to see the city sights as the train zips along.

The second killer, who uses the name "Minos," wants to rid the world of sexual immorality by targeting women he finds objectionable. Belmondo gets into a gunfight with Minos while on the sloping roof of a store, apparently the Galleries Lafayette. Director Verneuil does a great job of adding thrills as Belmondo slips on the sloping roof several times, almost falling off, all the while shooting it out with Minos. The pursuit of Minos after the roof fight leads to a chase through Paris, past the Eiffel Tower and through downtown streets, Belmondo's police car after Minos, on a motorcycle.

In this movie Belmondo gets a chance to play a real tough cop, one who shoots back at a suspect, hitting him, and then ignores him as he asks for an ambulance. Instead, Belmondo takes a break, reading a magazine in the wounded man's apartment until the guy talks. There is that scene in the basement of a bar, where 38 illegal aliens from Mali rent space from the bar owner. 1975 and this movie shows illegals forced to live in double or triple bunk beds in a storage basement. Belmondo's bell bottom pants have dated, but not that basement scene nor the professionalism the cast and crew bring to this movie.


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