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7 May 1986 (France) See more »
The insane Doctor Enger is obsessed with his plan to build a hospital to cure blind children, and goes on a killing and kidnapping spree with the police in pursuit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jean-Pierre Mocky ... Ralph Enger
Patricia Barzyk ... Liliane
Pierre Semmler ... Steff Muller (as Peter Semler)
Jean-Paul Massoni ... Le maire

Françoise Michaud ... Betty (as Françoise Michaux)
Sophie Moyse ... Rubis
François Toumarkine ... Thomas Bourne
Georges Lucas ... Pierre Bertin

Patrick Granier ... Henri
Jean Abeillé ... Maurice
Isabelle Strawa ... Yoyo
Allan Dan ... Jack Mironi
Hervé Pauchon ... Sam
Sophie Vanacker ... Jeanne
Ariane Kah ... La voisine de Betty (as Ariane Kha)
Adèle Genson ... La Suédoise
Sylvie Mouttet ... La veuve
Frédéric Bovis ... Le marchand de voitures
Christelle Guelielhi ... La femme du marchand de voitures
Roméo ... Le chauffeur du bus
Michel Varille ... Un baigneur de la piscine
Christian Labrousse ... L'homme à la sarbacane
Yves Angot
Jean Capretti
Roger Massoni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Marie Kalala ... Le serveur noir (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Mocky 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gil Brewer  novel "A Killer Is Loose"
Jean-Pierre Mocky 

Produced by
Jean-Paul Massoni .... delegate producer
Jean-Pierre Mocky .... producer
Original Music by
Jacky Giordano 
Cinematography by
Edmond Richard 
Film Editing by
Jean-Pierre Mocky 
Bénédicte Teiger 
Production Design by
René Loubet 
Étienne Méry 
Makeup Department
Eve Cauchie .... makeup assistant
Josée De Luca .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Sophie Moyse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Granier .... assistant director
Gilbert Guichardière .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jack Jullian .... sound
Georges Vaglio .... sound assistant
Yves Gabrielli .... stunts
Cécile Pitel .... stunts (as Cécile Girard)
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques Mironneau .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Pascale Fenouillet .... assistant editor
Clémence Lafarge .... assistant editor

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88 min
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not essential Mocky... at all., 16 January 2006
Author: Fritz Langlois from Toulouse, France

I'm one big Jean-Pierre Mocky fan but I have to admit a few of his projects left me baffled at how bad they were. Especially Il Gèle en enfer (see my review on the site), and very close on the list, this one. It's a curious choice that Mocky decided to put this one in his nice DVD collection. Well I'm glad I had a chance to see it, although it amounted to a rather depressing experience. The story is straightforward enough and not uninteresting: a doctor gone bonkers accidentally gets a gun ("la machine à découdre", a pun in French) and decides to use it to raise money from the rich on the French south coast in order to build a hospital for children of war-torn "thirld world" countries. The problem is, Mocky as an actor isn't up to the task (though he does look deranged, grimacing and sweating a lot; on the DVD, he quotes a review finding him "perfect as an actor"!); but he gave himself better roles in earlier movies. His wife-to-be Patricia Barzyk is naked during the whole film, and she sure looks nice. But there are a lot of gratuitous, pointlessly violent scenes. The film is not that very well made (but then no Mocky film is, and it doesn't matter that much), but here there's little to enjoy: no fun, poor action, poor acting (even Mocky regular Jean Abeillé is wasted in a short and awful scene); and horrible music of its time (1985)... still, interesting to see for a Mocky-liker like me (and it made me discover the actor Peter Semler)... but one to be left scratching one's chin to... Another Mocky film, La Bête de Miséricorde from the early 2000s has apparently a similar subject, with a priest-like man killing those who complain to him about their life in order to relieve them... I have a feeling I'll like this one best when I get to see it!

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