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The Old Gun (1975)
"Le vieux fusil" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller, War  |  22 August 1975 (France)
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In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in ... See full summary »

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Julien Dandieu
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Clara Dandieu
Jean Bouise ...
François
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L'officier S.S.
Robert Hoffmann ...
Le lieutenant
Karl Michael Vogler ...
Docteur Müller
Caroline Bonhomme ...
Florence Dandieu (8 years)
Catherine Delaporte ...
Florence Dandieu (13 years)
Madeleine Ozeray ...
Julien's Mother
Daniel Breton
Jean-Paul Cisife ...
Le chef milicien
Antoine Saint-John ...
German soldier killed in the kitchen
Maurice Bes
Bernard Bireaud
Jean Le Boulbar
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In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in the back country village where Julien has an old castle. One week later, Julien decided to meet then for the week end, but the Germans are already occupying the village. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

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Nobody ever dies. Not your wife. Not your child. Not as long as you can keep on loving...and killing. See more »

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According to Robert Enrico in his biography, on the set of Le Vieux Fusil, Romy Schneider could not bear Philippe Noiret anymore. She found him rude. See more »

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Close to the end, when Julien burned the whole room together with the SS Officer, a crew member with fire extinguisher can be seen on the right side of the scene. See more »

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Referenced in Man Bites Dog (1992) See more »

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10 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

> This is where we may wonder why it has taken so much to rouse this peaceful man;

Everybody has his own threshold of awakening; and this film is actually the story of awakening - this is why the whole first part showing his peaceful life, even during the war, up until he is led to his threshold, and so the contrast between that and merciful killer that he becomes, becomes even more powerful.

> The next question we find ourselves asking is why he is content to go up against men armed with pistols, rifles,machine guns, grenades and flame-throwers with only a shotgun rather than picking off one man and appropriating his weaponry.

The best weapon is the weapon you are used to, the weapon you trust. Plus, this old gun together with the old castle and their old owner, become one collective weapon against the invaders. Not wise to take one piece out.


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