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Release Date:
27 September 2000 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Evil rises to new heights.
Plot:
Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Reno ... Pierre Niemans

Vincent Cassel ... Max Kerkerian

Nadia Farès ... Fanny Ferreira (as Nadia Fares)

Dominique Sanda ... Sister Andrée
Karim Belkhadra ... Captain Dahmane

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Dr. Bernard Chernezé
Didier Flamand ... The Dean
François Levantal ... Pathologist
Francine Bergé ... Headmistress

Philippe Nahon ... Man at Petrol Station
Laurent Lafitte ... Hubert, the Dean's Son
Robert Gendreu ... Cemetery Warden
Christophe Bernard ... Skinhead #1

Nicky Naudé ... Skinhead #2 (as Nicky Naude)
Tonio Descanvelle ... Sarzac Policeman #1
Olivier Rousset ... Sarzac Policeman #2
Françoise Loreau ... Nun in Convent

Vincent Tulli ... Computer Technician
Nicolas Koretzky ... Computer Cop
Sami Zitouni ... Youth #1 on Sarzac Estate
Slim Zitouni ... Youth #2 on Sarzac Estate
Christophe Rossignon ... Policeman in Station Wagon on Bridge
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Policeman with Theory
Alexis Robin ... Blind Child with Dog
Alain Guerillot ... Skinhead Cafe Owner
Laurent Avare ... Rémy Caillois
Olivier Morel ... Philippe Sertys
Vincent Skimenti ... Policeman (as Vincent Schimenti)
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Directed by
Mathieu Kassovitz 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Christophe Grangé (novel "Red Blood Rivers")

Jean-Christophe Grangé (screenplay) and
Mathieu Kassovitz (screenplay)

Produced by
Jérôme Chalou .... line producer
Alain Goldman .... producer
Catherine Morisse .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast 
 
Film Editing by
Maryline Monthieux 
 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
 
Production Design by
Thierry Flamand 
 
Set Decoration by
Cécilia Blom 
 
Costume Design by
Sandrine Follet 
Julie Mauduech 
 
Makeup Department
Aurora Bergere .... makeup artist
Christophe Chabenet .... special makeup effects artist
Denis Gastouet .... special makeup effects artist
Sylvie Greco .... makeup artist
Karina Gruais .... makeup artist
Patrice Iva .... key hair stylist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... special makeup effects artist
Nathalie Tissier .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Louis Bergamini .... assistant unit manager
Sylvain Bouladoux .... unit manager
Jérôme Chalou .... production manager
Dominique Dubreuil .... assistant unit manager
Guinal Riou .... unit manager trainee
Antoine Vierny .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Diane .... trainee assistant director
Pascal Guérin .... second assistant director
Valérie Othnin-Girard .... first assistant director
Raphaëlle Piani .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Luc Compère .... construction manager
Farid Kermici .... storyboard artist
Sandrine Magner .... art department accountant
Emmanuel Marais .... assistant art director
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Stanislas Reydellet .... assistant art director
Jean-Claude Tenes .... construction manager
Alain Veyssier .... first assistant art director (as Alain Veissier)
Marc Thiébault .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects
Anne Delacour .... dialogue editor
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Montrobert .... assistant sound editor
Vincent Tulli .... sound editor
Vincent Tulli .... sound
Emmanuel Ughetto .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Pascal Buron .... special effects production
Pascal Molina .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Laurent Borenstein .... visual effects technical director
Stephanie Boutinaud .... digital artist
Nabila Daniault .... digital grader
Fabrice Delapierre .... animator
Sophie Denize .... visual effects coordinator
Yann Doray .... compositor
Arnaud Fouquet .... digital artist
David François .... digital compositor
Gilles Gaillard .... digital grader: Mikrosimage
Christian Guillon .... visual effects director: L'EST
Benoit Holl .... animator
Krao .... visual effects supervisor
Philippe Leprince .... effects technical director
Jean Baptiste Lère .... 3D supervisor
Gaston Marcotti .... digital artist
Nicolas Rey .... 3D supervisor
Julien Rousseau .... rotoscoper
Gaël Seydoux .... lighting technical director: MikrosImage
Agnès Sébenne .... visual effects producer
Malek Touzani .... animator
 
Stunts
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Alain Barbier .... stunts
Rémi Canaple .... assistant stunt coordinator
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunt driver
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt double
Nicky Naudé .... fight arranger
Catherine Robert .... stunts
Dany Roca .... stunts
Patrick Steltzer .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Campbell .... crane operator: Technocrane
Emmanuel de Fleury .... assistant camera
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Jean-Marie Delorme .... aerial assistant camera
Georges Diane .... camera operator
Bruno Dubet .... key grip
Xavier Embry .... grip
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Gil Fontbonne .... key grip
Monika Jeziorowska .... still photographer (as Mimka Jeziorowska)
Eric Larsen .... equipment grip
Dominique Legueux .... key grip
Sophie Lelou Mollard .... electric intern (as Sophie Mollard)
Nicolas Massart .... assistant camera
Yves Michaud .... Steadicam operator
Vincent Muller .... focus puller
Xavier Renaudot .... electrician
Bruno Roza .... grip
Daniel Savary .... aerial assistant camera
Nicolas Sommermeyer .... best boy grip
Jean-Baptiste Thibaud .... Steadicam operator
Patrick Vobecourt .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothée Lissac .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Virginie Bruant .... assistant editor
Agathe Cauvin .... assistant editor
Sandro Lavezzi .... apprentice editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Soazic Veillon .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Benjamin Caillaud .... assistant music recording
Bruno Coulais .... orchestrator
Frankii Elliott .... On Trailer USA and International
Frankii Elliott .... composer: additional music
Frankii Elliott .... composer: additional music/trailer
Stéphane Reichart .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Michèle Andreucci .... continuity
Pascal Brun .... helicopter services
Audrey Mery .... production secretary
Jurgen Proschinger .... post-production deal broker
Nathalie Vierny .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les rivières pourpres" - France (original title)
"Crimson River" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence/grisly images and language
Runtime:
106 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Vincent Cassel broke his nose while filming the fight scene with the skinheads.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The shadow of the camera can be seen on the dead body in the morgue.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Slim Susie (2003)See more »
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F.U.A.See more »

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what about a new sequel this is a great franchise
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27 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
I really liked it, 25 June 2001
Author: sascha-2 from Kassel, Germany

I really liked LES RIVIÈRES POURPRES.

When I first heard of this movie, I thought: "What an unusual, interesting and poetic title! I wonder what this movie might be all about! It could interest me." Then I saw this absolutely fantastic movie poster, which I still like a lot: a beautiful red - I had to think of the title again! - with the two protagonists in the background and some red blurs (the blood cells, of course, but I didn't know that then).

Then I learned something about the movie's content and thought: "Usually, I don't like serial killer movies at all, because often they're too violent, but that mostly concerns Hollywood movies. So, let's see, what the French made out of it!" Which I did shortly thereafter.

And what shall I say? I really liked the movie, because it was full of suspense. It had two great lead actors: Jean Reno at his best (Watch his face, as he looks at the first corpse!), and a great Vincent Cassel, whom I didn't know before. The two stories in Guernon and Sarzac were well intertwined (save for the end, on which I will comment later on).

The cinematography was overwhelming (for example the shots in the mountains, when Niémans drives to the crime scene in the very beginning, and those, when he and Fanny climb through the snowy mountains before finding the second corpse). And finally the soundtrack by Bruno Coulais was brilliantly adjusted to each scene.

Moreover, I liked the movie for not being too violent. Although the victims were drastically tortured, before they were killed, neither the torture nor the killing is shown. And the violence is not "celebrated", which means it's not shown, as if it were any kind of fun or something the viewer also should do.

Once again: Watch Niémans' face, while he looks at the first corpse; this scene shows clearly what he thinks of the torture and the killing and that it's absolutely barbaric and immoral to do a thing like that. Hollywood movies often don't show that as clearly (e. g.: Is John Doe in David Fincher's absolutely disgusting and way overrated SE7EN not in a way shown as being "sympathetic"?).

Are there any weaknesses in this movie? Yes, of course there are. Firstly, there are the first scenes of the movie, while the credits start: The camera shows a rotting human corpse, which was a) quite disgusting, b) totally unnecessary, and c) in no connection to the movie. Because, of the corpses in LES RIVIÈRES POURPRES not one had the time to rot! (Think about it for thirty seconds - you will see that I'm right!)

And then there's the end of the movie; let's say the last fifteen minutes. I must admit that I didn't really understand it completely, which in other words means that I don't think it's absolutely logical. In my opinion, it's quite stupid and very disappointing compared to everything in the movie that happened before (though I can't and won't tell you about the end in detail here; go see the movie for yourself!).

Shakespeare wrote: "All's well that ends well." Does that mean everything's bad that has a bad end? (And let's face it: The end of LES RIVIÈRES POURPRES can in my opinion only be described as really bad!) The answer is no! Because for 90 of 105 minutes the movie is absolutely great and worth a watch.

Behind BILLY ELLIOT and CHOCOLAT it's my third favourite movie of 2001 so far. And if not for the end, it could have easily taken the first place of this list.

I'd like to rate it an 8, but because of the end I can't. So I rate it a 7. But it's a strong one.

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