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Dog Day (1984)
"Canicule" (original title)

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A fugitive on the run from the law and carrying several million dollars hides out in the house of a farm family. The tables turn when the family turns out to be even more criminally ... See full summary »

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A fugitive on the run from the law and carrying several million dollars hides out in the house of a farm family. The tables turn when the family turns out to be even more criminally oriented than he is, and begins to terrorize him instead of the other way around. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Bonkers but oddly moving
8 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Canicule or Dog day is completely bonkers. It is a cartoon really, but a pretty violent and ludicrous one. Lee Marvin in one of his final roles is not given enough screen time, only at the climax of the film is he terrific, really giving his all as the dying gangster (he was probably ill himself then). In the rest of the film he looks on in disbelief and looks like he would rather be elsewhere. There is a lot of 'business' going on inside the farm which is not worth going into and much of the film would be seen a French Farce or as being like 'Carry on' or 'Benny Hill'- if it was not so violent or just plain nasty in its depiction and abuse of its characters.

The film is violent towards women and negative about humans and sexuality in general. The film collapses into the absurd as the body count mounts up as the crazy inhabitants of the farm, police and nearby innocents are all brutally wiped out and the best remaining parts are between the small boy in his surreal 'boat' shaped den and the great Marvin. Ne actor has looked this dislocated from a film since Terence Stamp in 'Theorem'. Lee Marvin was a great actor, but this film is not worthy of him and is only worth a look if you want to see Marvin in this piece of weird French surrealism.


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