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The Mask of the Gorilla (1958)

Le gorille vous salue bien (original title)
Géo Paquet, aka The Gorilla, breaks from jail. Now an escaped convict, the elite agent must infiltrate a dangerous gang working for a foreign embassy as their leader, a spy enjoying diplomatic immunity, can't be arrested by regular police.

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Bernard Borderie
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Lino Ventura ... Géo Paquet - dit le Gorille
Charles Vanel ... Le colonel Berthomieu - dit le Vieux
Pierre Dux ... William Weslot
Bella Darvi ... Isoline
René Lefèvre ... Le commissaire Blavet
Robert Manuel Robert Manuel ... Casa
André Valmy André Valmy ... Mauricet
Henri Crémieux ... X.A. Pallos
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Léon
Jean-Max ... Le conseiller Smolen
Jean-Marie Rivière Jean-Marie Rivière ... Valério
Yves Barsacq ... Berthier
François Darbon François Darbon ... Popaul
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Antoine Legrand - le premier inspecteur de l'hygiène
Maurice Chevit Maurice Chevit ... Le second inspecteur del'hygiène
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Géo Paquet, aka The Gorilla, breaks from jail. Now an escaped convict, the elite agent must infiltrate a dangerous gang working for a foreign embassy as their leader, a spy enjoying diplomatic immunity, can't be arrested by regular police.

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The Cold War warms up
16 October 2009 | by bob998See all my reviews

Bernard Borderie, on the evidence of this film, and the half-dozen Angélique films he made, was a competent journeyman director. He never inspires but sometimes he pleases the viewer, at least when actors like Pierre Dux, René Lefèvre and Charles Vanel are given sizeable parts. He uses his actors well, and this covers up the mediocrity of the plot (missing atomic weapons secrets, again!).

Lino Ventura uses his panache to get over the absurd aspects of the story--his supposed superhuman powers (breaking his chains, à la Samson) only make us snicker. Such was this man's appeal that we can watch him do the most preposterous things (he was a wrestler, and could do his own stunts) and be entertained.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 September 1958 (France) See more »

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The Mask of the Gorilla See more »

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2.35 : 1
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