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27 September 2000 (France) See more »
Evil rises to new heights.
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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  (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)

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
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 .... 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
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Virginie Bruant .... assistant editor
Agathe Cauvin .... assistant editor
Sandro Lavezzi .... apprentice editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Soazic Veillon .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stéphane Briand .... assistant music mixer (as Stephane Briand)
Bruno Coulais .... orchestrator
Laura Giansily .... assistant music supervisor
Christophe Guiot .... conductor
Philippe Laffont .... music mixer
Philippe Laffont .... music recordist
Paris Philharmonic Orchestra .... music played by
Slim Pezin .... music supervisor
Stéphane Reichart .... assistant music recordist (as Stephane Reichart)
Benjamin Caillaud .... assistant music recordist (uncredited)
Frankii Elliott .... composer: additional music US/international versions (uncredited)
Frankii Elliott .... composer: trailer US /international versions (uncredited)
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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Rated R for violence/grisly images and language
106 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [Mathieu Kassovitz]as the hooded killer who shoots at Jean Reno at the bottom of the stairwell in the house on stilts. His voice is also heard over the CB radio talking to Vincent Cassel.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Reflected in Max's glasses as he talks to the female alpinist before the descent.See more »
[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:
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Cutting-edge thriller!, 10 February 2004
Author: mailtoby from London, UK

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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