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Le corps de mon ennemi
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Michel Audiard (screenplay)
Félicien Marceau (novel)
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13 October 1976 (France) See more »
Francois always despised the textile barons who ruled his local town. But he fell in love with the family heiress Gilberte. Ten years ago, he would have married her. Now only hatred holds them together. Francois is accused of murder. A hooker and a football star lie slaughtered. He thinks he has been framed by the mob. Going underground, he finds that the trail leads all the way to the top - to Gilberte's family. He needs friends. And friends are hard to come by in his town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jean-Paul Belmondo ... François Leclercq
Bernard Blier ... Jean-Baptiste Liégard

Marie-France Pisier ... Gilberte Liégard
Charles Gérard ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Daniel Ivernel ... Victor Verbruck, le maire
Claude Brosset ... Oscar, dit Janine
Michel Beaune ... L'ami d'enfance
François Perrot ... Raphaël Di Massa
René Lefèvre ... Pierre Leclercq

Nicole Garcia ... Hélène Mauve
Yvonne Gaudeau ... Madame Liégard (dite 'la Reine Mère')
Suzy Prim ... La mère de Marie-Adélaïde
Jean Dasté ... Le gardien du chantier
Jacques David ... L'avocat général
Jean Turlier ... La Roche-Bernard

Elisabeth Margoni ... Karine Dupart (as Élizabeth Margoni)
Monique Mélinand ... Mme Mauve, la mère d'Hélène / Mrs. Mauve
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Le truand blond
André Reybaz ... Le président Kelfer
Gaston Vacchia ... Lombreux
Pierre Forget ... Le tenancier de l'hôtel
François Timmerman ... Louis de Saint-Prix, dit Lolo
Charles Charras ... Le portier de l'hôtel du commerce
André Begards
Gabriel Jabbour ... Blome
Maurice Dorléac
Léo Peltier
Jean Sylvère ... Le papetier
André Thorent ... Le directeur de la prison
Jacques Lalande ... L'avocat de François
Maurice Jacquemont ... René
Nadia Verine ... Charlotte
Serena ... Frida de Düsseldorf, la strip-teaseuse
Anne Delsalle ... Marie-Adélaïde de Chanteloup
Françoise Bertin ... La femme de René
Françoise Cayrol
Isabelle Desprey
Vibeke Knudsen ... L'hôtesse blonde du Number One
Carol Labrie-Rose
Lucie Visser
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Arian ... Un assesseur (uncredited)
Lucie Arnold ... Miss Remington (uncredited)
Henri Attal ... Un agitateur (uncredited)
Maurice Auzel ... Le projectionniste (uncredited)
Fernand Berset ... Un témoin (uncredited)
Daniel Breton ... Un agitateur (uncredited)
Christiane Delorme ... Une spectatrice au meeting (uncredited)
Nane Germon ... Mme Kelfer (uncredited)
Louba Guertchikoff ... (uncredited)
Henri Verneuil ... Voix haut-parleur à la gare (voice) (uncredited)
Lionel Vitrant ... Un agitateur (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henri Verneuil 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michel Audiard  screenplay and dialogue
Félicien Marceau  novel
Félicien Marceau  screenplay
Henri Verneuil 

Produced by
Jean-Paul Belmondo .... producer
Henri Verneuil .... producer
Christian Lentretien .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Francis Lai 
Cinematography by
Jean Penzer 
Film Editing by
Pierre Gillette 
Casting by
Catherine Vernoux 
Production Design by
François de Lamothe 
Costume Design by
Paulette Breil 
Jacqueline Moreau 
Makeup Department
Charly Koubesserian .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jacques Juranville .... production manager
Dominique Rigaux .... unit production manager
Tadek Zietara .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Clément .... first assistant director
Valérie Moncorgé .... second assistant director
Art Department
René Albouze .... property master
Jacques Brizzio .... assistant art director
Robert Christidès .... set dresser
Jean Forestier .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Michèle Boëhm .... sound editor
Marcel Corvaisier .... boom operator
Daniel Couteau .... foley artist
Jacques Maumont .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles-Henri Montel .... camera operator
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francesco Smalto .... costumes: Jean-Paul Belmondo
Editorial Department
Michèle Amsellem .... assistant editor
Monique André .... assistant editor
Gladys Piocelle .... assistant editor
Music Department
Christian Gaubert .... orchestrator
Other crew
René Chateau .... press attache
Lucile Costa .... script girl
Louis Trinquier .... production administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le corps de mon ennemi" - France (original title)
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116 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Finnish censorship visa register # 85741 delivered on 17-3-1977.See more »
François Leclercq:We can't be bastards since we are champions of France.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Scores more for its ambitions than its achievements, 14 August 2010
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Le Corps de Mon Ennemi may ultimately have a conventional plot motor – after seven years inside for a crime he didn't commit, Jean-Paul Belmondo's failed social climber returns to his home town to have his revenge on the real killer – but Henri Verneuil's film has loftier ambitions than most of his previous successful collaborations with the star. Much of the film takes place inside Belmondo's head, both in lengthy voice-over sequences and flashbacks that see his younger self played very deliberately by the middle-aged star, a device that occasionally confuses the timeframe as the film moves back and forth between his rise and fall as the poor boy romances local factory boss Bertrand Blier's daughter Marie France Pisier, only to fall out with the family when he won't scupper his own father's election chances, and the generally ignominious fates of his former friends and enemies seven years later. Unfortunately the film tends to fall between two stools: there's not enough action or threat for a genuine thriller while the observations on the class war in the increasingly sprawling town are nothing new, the motive for framing him seems unnecessarily vague and the idea of local industrialists raking back the wages they pay out by running as many of the town's vices on the side as possible is never really explored (though it is amusing to see them unwittingly left playing Monopoly with each other while Belmondo slips away to arrange a killing). It's watchable even if Belmondo lays on the self-confident charm way too thick in the first half, but you're definitely left with the feeling that there should be a lot more to it.

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