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8 March 1995 (France) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marie Gillain ... Nathalie
Olivier Sitruk ... Eric
Bruno Putzulu ... Bruno
Richard Berry ... Alain
Philippe Duclos ... Antoine
Marie Ravel ... Karine

Clotilde Courau ... Patricia
Jean-Louis Richard ... Innkeeper
Christophe Odent ... Laurent

Jean-Paul Comart ... Michel
Philippe Héliès ... Pierre
Jacky Nercessian ... M. Tapiro (Nathalie's boss)
Alain Sarde ... Philippe
Daniel Russo ... Jean-Pierre

Philippe Torreton ... Chief cop

François Berléand ... Insp. Durieux
François Levantal ... Cop
Thierry Gimenez ... Cop
Isabelle Sadoyan ... Eric's grandmother
Laurent Arnal ... Vincent
Jeanne Goupil ... Nathalie's mother
Fulvio Trogli ... Barman in restaurant
Carole Pommes ... Female cop
Claire Vidoni ... Female cop
Bobby Pacha ... Bobby
Arnaud Churin ... Suburbanite
Myriam Balassiano ... Nathalie's sister
Sandrine Desio ... Waitress
Laurent Klug ... Waiter
Thierry Beccaro ... Game show host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Françoise Descarrega ... Petit rôle (uncredited)

Directed by
Bertrand Tavernier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Morgan Sportes  novel
Bertrand Tavernier  screenplay
Colo Tavernier  screenplay (as Colo Tavernier O'Hagan)

Produced by
Frédéric Bourboulon .... producer
René Cleitman .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Haïm 
Cinematography by
Alain Choquart 
Film Editing by
Luce Grunenwaldt 
Production Design by
Emile Ghigo 
Costume Design by
Marpessa Djian 
Makeup Department
Agnès Tassel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bruno Bernard .... assistant unit manager
Yvon Crenn .... production director
Catherine Pierrat .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Bertuccelli .... assistant director
Emmanuel Finkiel .... assistant director
Art Department
Marc Barroyer .... props
Michel Charvaz .... property master
Jean-François Corneille .... set designer
Marie-Stéphane d' Hérouville .... second assistant art director
Denis Seiglan .... first assistant art director
Bernard Tofoletti .... construction manager (as Bernard Toffoletti)
Claude Vincent .... construction manager
Sound Department
Khadicha Bariha .... sound editor (as Khadicha Bariha-Simsolo)
Jean-Michel Chauvet .... sound assistant
Michel Desrois .... sound
Gérard Lamps .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects
Mario Melchiorri .... assistant foley artist (as Mario Melchiori)
Elisabeth Paquotte .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bonomi .... key grip
Marc Casi .... grip
Didier Frémont .... second assistant camera
Christian Inizan .... electrician
Alain Martigny .... electrician
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
Pascal Payet .... grip
Philippe Payet .... gaffer
Philippe Tsi Kin San .... grip
Myriam Vinocour .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Bobby Pacha .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monique Dury .... costumer (as Monique Dury-Tholy)
Editorial Department
Marie-Odile Besson .... trainee assistant editor
Laure Blancherie .... assistant editor
Olivier Fontenay .... color grader
Music Department
Philippe Cohen-Solal .... music consultant
Mario Klemens .... musical director
Didier Lizé .... music recordist
Other crew
Frédéric Bersani .... location manager
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Aline Corneille .... production secretary
Lucilio Da Costa Pais .... groupman (as Lucilio Da Costa Païs)
Florence Dard .... production assistant
Nathalie Gorgon .... publicist
Joseph Lasserre .... groupman
Agnès Le Pont .... administrator
Eva Simonet .... publicist
Gisèle Vuillaume .... production administrator
Zoe Zurstrassen .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'appât" - France (original title)
"The Bait" - International (English title)
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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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This movie is based on true events. The real characters are still in prison.See more »
Nathalie:Yeah, nice doggie, go help your master.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
When an American "thriller" turns into realistic "film noir"., 16 March 2008
Author: Doktor Hackenbush from Spain

Great movie by Bertrand Tavernier. He is playing with the idea of a classical American thriller, which the male protagonists admire so much, as well as they look for the "American dream" in a Paris in crisis behind its "charmant" appearance.

Tavernier's intention is more realistic and, as life, less perfect than a classical script (curiously, the film is based in real facts). That's why we don't know many times where the film is going. But Tavernier employs that time to show us details of the life of very well-built characters. Specially good is the acting of the young woman.

Sad (but interesting!) impression in the end of the characters' "career". As a result of that, we have the impression of a not very healthy society, and without any need to insist by Tavernier during the movie. I recommend it, I feel it is even a bit underrated here.

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