MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 16,893 this week

A Sunday Day in Hell (1977)
"En forårsdag i Helvede" (original title)

7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 395 users  
Reviews: 5 user

The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north "which are no longer used for traffic but only for transporting ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 106 titles
created 03 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1163 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 219 titles
created 30 Mar 2012
 
a list of 8 titles
created 13 May 2012
 
a list of 398 titles
created 19 Jun 2012
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Sunday Day in Hell (1977)

A Sunday Day in Hell (1977) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Sunday Day in Hell.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Overcoming (2005)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Profound and penetrating insight into the hermetically closed world of professional cycling. With former pro rider, Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis as the protagonist, the documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Tómas Gislason
Stars: Michelle Bartoli, Ivan Basso, B.S. Christiansen
Fast Friday (Video 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Director David Rowe documents the emergence of the prolific track bike scene in Seattle Washington. Started by Cadence Clothing founder and fixed-gear rider Dustin Klein, the monthly ... See full summary »

Director: David Rowe
Stars: Keo Curry, Kia Kamiri, Dustin Klein
Athlete (2010)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Examines the popularity of endurance sports and profiles four everyday individuals - cancer survivor, blind senior citizen and twin sisters - who compete in marathons and triathlons and are redefining what it means to be an 'athlete'.

Director: David Lam
Stars: Artie Elefant, Carrie Neveldine, Jenny Hinshaw
Breaking Away (1979)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.

Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Laura Fraser, Brian Cox
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

About a filmmaker not only revisiting, but also recreating (not in a conventional sense) one of his first films, The Perfect Human / Det perfekte menneske (1967)

Directors: Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier
Stars: Claus Nissen, Majken Algren Nielsen, Daniel Hernandez Rodriguez
2 Seconds (1998)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Laurie, a professional downhill racer gets fired because of her slight overindulgence in irresponsibility. She returns to Montreal where she is welcomed by her geeky but cute brother. She ... See full summary »

Director: Manon Briand
Stars: Charlotte Laurier, Dino Tavarone, Jonathan Bolduc
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The impossible triumph of Team Rwanda.

Director: T.C. Johnstone
Stars: Jonathan 'Jock' Boyer, Adrien Niyonshuti, Tom Ritchey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
Stars: Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li
Quicksilver (1986)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Jack Casey used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Michael Donnelly
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Joël Santoni
Stars: Eddy Merckx
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A collections of scenes based on documents, letters, pictures and poems that depict a man's erotic nature.

Director: Jørgen Leth
Stars: Jørgen Leth, Angeli Bayani, Sue Prado
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
David Saunders ...
Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger De Vlaeminck ...
Himself
Marc Demeyer ...
Himself
Freddy Maertens ...
Himself
Eddy Merckx ...
Himself
Ole Ritter ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north "which are no longer used for traffic but only for transporting cattle - and for cycle races". We are there from the dawn preparations and rituals on the outskirts of Paris and through the rigours of the race with special focus on a number of prominent cyclists to the final outcome on the Roubaix cycle track - followed by the filthy riders taking their showers. There is also an eye for life among the spectators and the media event as such. The film alternates among different kinds of shot with a view to establishing the most suitable view of the narrative: shots from motorcycles, which are able to convey the motion of the race and provide close ups of the riders in the style of television cycle race reporting; fixed cameras stationed at strategically important points along the route, where viewers can watch riders passing in real time and thus gain a clear overview ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 February 1977 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

A Sunday Day in Hell  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Interesting but never more than that and most likely not for the casual viewer
11 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Starting with the preparation needed by the teams and cyclists prior to the event, this film follows one of the oldest and most famous one day classic bike races the Paris-Roubaix. Mixing country roads with more urban settings, the race is a challenging event that goes across cobbled roads and increasingly tough terrain. We watch the race to see the field gradually weeded down to the winners and the fate of the losers and the support riders.

The Paris-Roubaix is a great race we are told, but you wouldn't necessarily know it from this film which, although interesting, certainly doesn't inflame the passions in the casual viewer. I'm not a fan or even a follower of cycling so I suspect that this film was not aimed at me and fans of this sport can probably ignore many of my criticisms because they may not be problems for everyone. In essence the film does a good job of just showing the race from the inside – the tactics, the falls, the challenges but it does it all in a very cold, mechanical fashion that keeps it "interesting" but never more than that. The delivery doesn't help; the version I saw had English narration but no subtitles when any one else is speaking (directly to camera or not). This stopped me getting any insight from the people involved or even get to know them as people enough to care about the outcome of the race.

The narration is good but it doesn't help the film be more than "interesting". The English narration is sparse and rather detached from the action; it is better than an OTT commentator type but it does give you the feeling that the action is as ordinary as his consistent tone of voice suggests. The riders are the teams lack character (an important thing in sportsmen) but this may be down to me not being able to understand anything they said – perhaps those familiar with the riders will be more taken by them than I was.

Overall this is an interesting film that looks at the events during the race with a detached but slightly curious air that tended to keep me interested. However the lack of flair, passion or real insight was a problem and I didn't think it even got past this. Although the narration was quite good, the lack of subtitles took away from the riders etc and many viewers might feel (like I did) that the inability to understand the asides and interviews mean that you'll be missing out on some of the best bits of the film.


6 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just watched 'A Sunday in hell' cobalt_blueuk
Discuss A Sunday Day in Hell (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?