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Panique (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 26 November 1947 (USA)
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After an elderly maid is murdered, opinions are manipulated, evidence is planted, violence erupts, and panic ensues.

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Charles Spaak (screenplay and dialogue), Julien Duvivier (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viviane Romance ... Alice
Michel Simon ... Monsieur Hire
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Capoulade
Émile Drain Émile Drain ... Monsieur Breteuil dit le petit caporal
Guy Favières Guy Favières ... Monsieur Sauvage
Louis Florencie ... L'inspecteur Marcelin (as Florencie)
Charles Dorat Charles Dorat ... L'nspecteur Michelet
Lucas Gridoux ... Monsieur Fortin
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Cermanutti
Lita Recio Lita Recio ... Marcelle
Michel Ardan Michel Ardan ... Fernand
Michèle Auvray Michèle Auvray ... Madame Branchu
Lucien Carol Lucien Carol ... L'inspecteur Benoit
Olivier Darrieux Olivier Darrieux ... Étienne
Paulette Laurent Paulette Laurent ... Mouchette (as Josiane Dorée)
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In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire. The same evening, Alice, just getting out of jail, arrives and meets up with her lover Alfred again. They act as they do not know each other, for Alice went to jail to spare Alfred. But Mr Hire falls in love with Alice, and he suspects who the murderer is. Written by Yepok

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Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #955. See more »

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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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J'Accuse!
17 November 2002 | by cairnsdavidSee all my reviews

Returning to France after spending the war in Hollywood, Duvivier bravely tackled this Simenon story about a persecuted (Jewish) outsider accused of a crime he did not commit. The idea of scapegoating, of minorities being denounced to the authorities, must have been a sensitive one in France just after the occupation. The protagonist, Monsieur Hire, is played by the great Michel Simon (why do boxers make great actors?), and the lovers who frame him are physically attractve yet morally repellant. The suspense at the end will mess you up. There's a gorgeous love scene before a church in the snow. The resolution has the same sense of bleak irony as LES DIABOLIQUES - evil triumphs, then is punished. A bit like World War Two?


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,062, 22 January 2017

Gross USA:

$46,041

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,041
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Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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