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The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Les rivières pourpres (original title)
A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college.

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Fanny Ferreira / Judith Herault (as Nadia Fares)
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Sister Andrée
Karim Belkhadra ...
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Didier Flamand ...
The Dean
François Levantal ...
Pathologist
Francine Bergé ...
Headmistress
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Man at Petrol Station
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Hubert, the Dean's Son
Robert Gendreu ...
Cemetery Warden
Christophe Bernard ...
Skinhead #1
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Skinhead #2 (as Nicky Naude)
Tonio Descanvelle ...
Sarzac Policeman #1
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Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley, to investigate the murder on 32-year old professor and librarian Rémy Caillois, whose corpse was found 50 meters high on a steep mountain side, naked, horribly covered in bruises and bleeding wounds, the result of some five hours of bestial torture including quasi-surgical amputation of hands cauterized to prevent bleeding to death- and eyes. Guernon is a closed society of virtually incestuous scientists, de facto succeeding to their parents' posts; the eye-doctor, formerly on the staff, says hereditary genetic diseases are the price of such elitism, but in recent years spread to the simple farming families. Inspector Max Kerkerian examines two crimes in the town: a school break-in with theft of old photos and archive papers as well as a graveyard desecration of Judith Herault, the daughter of local nun Andrée, who lives in a dark cell since 15 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Evil rises to new heights.


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Rated R for violence/grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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27 September 2000 (France)  »

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Budget:

FRF 95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$286,495 (USA) (9 February 2001)

Gross:

$69,316 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Vincent Cassel broke his nose while filming the fight scene with the skinheads. See more »

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The plot implies that identical twins have the same finger prints, which it's false. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Dahmane: We'll touch base in two hours.
Policeman: Which way do we go?
Captain Dahmane: There. Okay? See you later, guys.
[looks at Niemans]
Captain Dahmane: Can I help you?
Pierre Niemans: Got a light?
Captain Dahmane: Who let you through?
Pierre Niemans: Your men. Commissioner Pierre Niemans.
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References The Name of the Rose (1986) See more »

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F.U.A.
Composed and performed by Solo and Uncle O
(c) 2000 Delabel Editions - Corida Editions
(p) 2000 X-Large
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Cutting-edge thriller!
10 February 2004 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Although french, this movie is better than most hollywood churned wannabes. A gripping thriller with a slightly outlandish plot revolving around genetics and nazism. But dont let that turn u off. The film is absolute edge-of-the-seat fare. Jean reno is good as usual but vincent cassel dishes out excellent acting nuances which add to his character. Great acting! The scenes set in winter among the French Rhone Alpes are breath taking to say the least. The thrills keep on coming without having to take resort to loud background music, which make these moments even more rivetting. The english dubbing is good without too many quirks. RECOMMENDED! [Writing "Highly Recommended" would make you biased! ;-)]


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