Monsieur Hire (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  June 1990 (USA)
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A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange.



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Complete credited cast:
Michel Blanc ...
Luc Thuillier ...
L'inspecteur de police
Eric Bérenger ...
Le gérant du bowling
Marielle Berthon ...
Pierrette Bourgeois
Philippe Dormoy ...
Marie Gaydu ...
La jeune fille du massage
Michel Morano ...
Le chauffeur de taxi
Nora Noël ...
La gardienne
L'adolescente au bowling (as Christina Reali)
Bernard Soufflet ...
Le tatoueur
André Bauduin ...
Le consommateur de crèpes
Rozeen Landrevie ...
La petite fille au bouquet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francis Baudet ...
Le locataire sur le palier


Monsieur Hire is a maladjusted, balding, middle-aged man living in France. He doesn't like to talk to people. A young woman is murdered and a police detective suspects M. Hire, just because his neighbors think he is strange. Written by Mark Logan <>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

June 1990 (USA)  »

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$1,417,030 (USA)

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In the opening shot of the film, you can plainly see the stomach of the 'corpse' moving up and down. See more »


Remake of Panic (1946) See more »


Quatuor en Sol Mineur Op. 25 de Brahms
Music by Johannes Brahms (as Brahms)
Performed by Alexander Balanescu, Kate Musker, Tony Hinnigan, Michael Nyman
Copyright © 1989
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"Beautiful drama about a man's surreal crush..."
5 December 2011 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

French screenwriter and director Patrice Leconte's ninth feature film which he and writer and director Patrick Dewolf adapted from Belgian writer Georges Simenon's novel "Les Fiancailles de Mr Hire" (1933), tells the story of an unsociable middle-aged man called Monsieur Hire who is perceived as a somewhat weird person by his neighbours and has a secret admiration for a young woman whom he regularly spies on from his urban apartment window.

This subtle, seductive and witty fable about love, obsession, crime and solitude, is an intriguing study of character and a beautiful drama about a man's surreal crush on a woman. The pivotal music from the always brilliant composer Michael Nyman, the characteristic directing and the endearing acting performances by Michel Blanc and Sandrine Bonnaire is distinct in this late 1980s gem from a great director who usually makes worthwhile films.

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