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The Red Sweater (1979)

Le pull-over rouge (original title)
A film version of author Gilles Perrault's best-selling book about the 1976 trial and execution of Christian Ranucci, the youth who was convicted with extremely inconclusive evidence of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Serge Avedikian ...
Michelle Marquais ...
Louise Mathon, la mère de Ranucci
Claire Deluca ...
Mademoiselle le juge d'instruction
Roland Bertin ...
Le commissaire Robiana
Roland Blanche ...
L'inspecteur Couderc
Pierre Maguelon ...
L'inspecteur Commenci
Gérard Chaillou ...
L'inspecteur Dubois
Maud Rayer ...
Odile Garnier
Didier Flamand ...
Jean Garnier
Régis Porte ...
Me Jean-François Laffont, l'avocat de Ranucci
Robert Rimbaud ...
Me Vernier
Jean Barney ...
Me Paolini
Marpessa Djian ...
Monique Bodj, l'amie de Ranucci
Roger Ibáñez ...
M. Garcia, le père d'Elisa
Rosita Fernandez ...
Mme Garcia, la mère d'Elisa


A film version of author Gilles Perrault's best-selling book about the 1976 trial and execution of Christian Ranucci, the youth who was convicted with extremely inconclusive evidence of murdering an eight-year-old girl in Southern France. The publicity the book and film helped abolish capital punishment in France in 1981. Written by T P Uschanov <tuschano@cc.helsinki.fi>

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7 November 1979 (France)  »

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A Sombra da Guilhotina  »

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Drach's much debated movie....
7 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

When the movie was released ,it was much debated .Death penalty was such a difficult subject that there was a general outcry.It was two years before its abolishment by François Mitterrand.But the movie was never broadcast on any channel and seems to scare everybody ,even today,when a lot of people are still for capital punishment-one of the far right-wing warhorses- Michel Drach 's film was not that much new ,even if it dealt with a true story (but like the Barbara Graham affair in Robert Wise's "I want to live" ,many things remain in obscurity) .Actually he stepped into André Cayatte's shoes ("Nous sommes tous des assassins",1952) or even Jose Giovanni's ("deux hommes dans la ville" ,1972).

Drach's greatest merit was to have tackled a well-known affair and ,knowing the risks he was taking ,to have had the guts to see it through.There are no stars in this film,and it's better that way.

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