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The Night Heaven Fell (1958)

Les bijoutiers du clair de lune (original title)
Ursula leaves the convent where she was educated, to start living with her uncle, the count Ribera, and her aunt Florentine. When she arrives, she is confronted with a local drama: a ... See full summary »


Roger Vadim


Jacques Rémy (adaptation) (as J. Rémy), Roger Vadim (adaptation) (as R. Vadim) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Bardot ... Ursula
Alida Valli ... Florentine
Stephen Boyd ... Lambert
José Nieto ... Comte Miguel de Ribera (as Pepe Nieto)
Fernando Rey ... Tío (alternate version)
Maruchi Fresno ... Conchita (as Maruschi Fresno)
Adriano Domínguez ... Fernando
José Marco Davó ... Le chef de la police
Antonio Vico ... Le chauffeur
Mario Moreno Mario Moreno ... Alfonso
Tosi Tosi ... Le capitaine
José María Tasso ... Garçon d'écurie
Nicolás D. Perchicot ... Le prêtre
Rafael Torrobo Rafael Torrobo ... Le vétérinaire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Prieto ... Le chef carabinier


Ursula leaves the convent where she was educated, to start living with her uncle, the count Ribera, and her aunt Florentine. When she arrives, she is confronted with a local drama: a youngman from the village, Lambert, whose sister took her own life, accuses the count of being responsible for his sister's death, for having sexually assaulted her. The two men have a duel of honour, in which Lambert is severely wounded, and the count's honour is saved. Ursula acts as a nurse to Lambert, and falls in love with him, only to find out that Lambert is secretly her aunt's lover. One night, the count too, finds out his wife's affair, and again the two men fight, this time Lambert kills the count. Ursula helps him to escape. Florence, mad with jealousy and hatred for her niece, sets the police after him. Written by Artemis-9

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Release Date:

21 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In her book "Initials B.B" Brigitte Bardot says that she was deeply horrified,, during the filming of a bullfight , by the sudden death of a young impetuous bull, after a vet injected an anesthetic dose . See more »


The position of the bra and knickers (15th minute)hanging on the fence changes between shots. See more »


Ursula: In real fights are the bulls bigger?
Florentine: Much bigger.
Lambert: That's not a bull, it's a heifer.
Florentine: But, it charges like a bull.
Lambert: Cows fight as well as bulls. Sometimes they're even more dangerous. They charge with their eyes wide-open.
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Crazy Credits

[prologue] autrefois, ceux qui les gendarmes traquaient sur les routes, s'appelaient entre eux "Les bijoutiers du clair de lune".

rendered in English by the sub-titles as: "People who were chased by the police on the roads called themselves "moonlight robbers"." See more »


Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.33 (1959) See more »

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A sexy Vadim classic!
16 August 2014 | by robespierre9See all my reviews

This is by far my favorite Brigitte Bardot movie! I love the Spanish scenery, I love her costumes, love the pulp-fiction semi-exploitation which Vadim teases us with, and I love Bardot's chemistry with Stephen Boyd (Ben Hur's 'Messala'). They make an absolutely sizzling screen pair together, and they look gorgeous. Boyd was one of her few English speaking co-stars (the first since Dirk Bogarde in 'Doctor at Sea', in fact). Boyd is like a hot-tempered bull in this. Even though he is dubbed, it doesn't detract from his performance. His muscular physique adds to the tension between himself and Bardot, who matches his intensity. Vadim's movies are always fun to watch, but I like the one in particular. It's just a sexy movie. He has a great way of directing Bardot and bringing out her best characteristics. Alida Valli is great as the seduced, then spurned woman. Can't ask for better entertainment in my opinion.

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