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Diabolique (1955)

Les diaboliques (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 21 November 1955 (USA)
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The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.

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(as H.G. Clouzot)

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(novel) (as Boileau), (novel) (as Narcejac) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nicole Horner
... Christina Delassalle (as Vera Clouzot)
... Michel Delassalle
... Alfred Fichet, le commissaire
... Plantiveau, le concierge
Thérèse Dorny ... Mme. Herboux
... M. Raymond, le surveillant
Georges Chamarat ... Dr. Loisy
... Le garagiste
Camille Guérini ... Le photographe (as Camille Guerini)
Jacques Hilling ... L'employé de la morgue
... Le soldat
Aminda Montserrat ... Madame Plantiveau
Jean Témerson ... Le garçon d'hôtel (as Jean Temerson)
Jacques Varennes ... M. Bridoux, professeur
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Storyline

The wife and mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school's filthy swimming pool... but when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared - and subsequent reported sightings of the headmaster slowly drive his 'killers' (and the audience) up the wall with almost unbearable suspense... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The Great Suspense Film That Shocked the World... And Became A Classic. See more »


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Also Known As:

Diabolique  »

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Trivia

The message during the credits at the end was one of the first examples of an "anti-spoiler message", requesting the audience not to disclose the plot. In fact, one of the posters for the movie said "See it...beamazed by it.. but......be quiet about it!" See more »

Goofs

When Michel is unconscious on the bed, his shoes are off. A few minutes later when Nicole and Christina pick him up and put him in the bathtub, his shoes are suddenly back on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Plantiveau, le concierge: Headmaster!
Michel Delassalle: Yes.
Plantiveau, le concierge: Isn't it time I rang the bell?
Michel Delassalle: It's okay. I'll unload the car myself.
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Crazy Credits

The movie ends with a text screen commenting on what the viewer has witnessed, and a request not to spoil the ending for those who are planning to see the movie. See more »

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Hold your breath suspense
18 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Les Diaboliques is one of the tightest, pure suspense movies I have ever seen. The story starts out slowly, but as it moves on, peculiar things start to happen. This movie keeps you guessing in such a way, you are riveted to your seat, hoping for a quick resolution to the suspense. Yet, as the story unfolds, the suspense deepens. The final scene of the movie had me sitting back holding my breath.

This movie does not offer cheap, pop out and scare you tactics. Rather, it makes the viewer expect things to happen that don't. You wait on the edge of your seat for the quick jump out and scare you event to take place, but instead, it sneaks up from behind you. What an effect!

Les Diaboliques is a classic film that delivers the complete suspense package. It's not surprising that many suspense movies of the modern era have tried to copy the plot. This movie is well worth renting in a video store, if you can find it.


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