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The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Horror  |  7 December 1986 (USA)
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A detective comes out of retirement to help his daughter's fiance prove that he did not commit a series of murders.

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Claire Dupin
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Adolphe Le Bon
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Phillipe Huron
Maud Rayer ...
Melle L'Espanaye
Maxence Mailfort ...
Inspector Alphonse
Fernand Guiot ...
Dupar
Patrick Floersheim ...
The Sailor
Roger Lumont ...
Sergeant Marcel
Erick Desmarestz ...
Inspector Bec
Yvette Petit ...
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The mysterious and grisly murders of a mother and daughter leave police investigators puzzled. Few clues were left behind. The killer could not have fled via the windows as they were nailed shut. Nor was the killer observed leaving by neighbors. It seems the only person with the skills to solve the crime is Auguste Dupin, who has been released from the police department by the new prefect. After much persuasion from his daughter, whose fiance is charged with the crime, Dupin begins to investigate the case on his own, and puts together quite an interesting scenario in solving the crime. Written by Sooz <sumaree@inetnebr.com>

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A Morgue-utcai gyilkosság  »

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Auguste Dupin: [awakened while playing chess] Oh, dear!
[clears his throat and looks at the board]
Auguste Dupin: Did I miss that? Am I losing my concentration as well as everything else?
[laughs]
Claire Dupin: You were asleep, Father?
Auguste Dupin: That's no excuse for incompetence. I used to be able to sleep and think at the same time.
[laughs ironically and then adds introspectively]
Auguste Dupin: I was famous for it.
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Pretty decent adaptation
9 February 2009 | by (the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids) – See all my reviews

-- The Book:

An very involving read. An intelligent murder mystery (albeit not too complex, as it is a short story) in which the reader can't do anything but tag along for the ride. Lots of clever deductions and conclusions will have you both scratching your head and smiling when the killer's identity is finally revealed.

-- The Movie:

This made-for-TV adaptation does stay true to the nature of Poe's short. It's an adequate adaptation, both in look, feel and atmosphere. David Epstein, writer of the teleplay, did his best to give the characters more depth as well as adding a few. More than decent performances by George C. Scott and Rebecca De Mornay. Val Kilmer, at the time a rather inexperienced actor, gave it his best shot too, one can tell. My only grief is, that the movie was made for TV. In Poe's story, the two murders - or at least the aftermath - are described in gruesome detail. They had to be, because those murders are the core of the plot; the events that jump-start the whole mystery. Sadly, we don't get to see the bloody details in the movie, and we can only guess how brutal the murders were. Revealing the killer at the end, worked a little better in the book (due to the nature of the killer), but the effects were convincing enough. It's a good film, though horror enthusiasts searching for kicks and thrills might find it a bit disappointing.


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