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I Spit on Your Grave (1959)

J'irai cracher sur vos tombes (original title)
Joe Grant, a light-skinned African-African, heads to a small Southern town to investigate the lynching death of his brother. He draws the attention of a gorgeous heiress, then learns that she might have been involved in the murder.

Director:

Michel Gast

Writers:

Boris Vian (screenplay), Jacques Dopagne (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Marquand ... Joe Grant
Antonella Lualdi ... Lizbeth Shannon
Fernand Ledoux ... Horace Chandley
Renate Ewert ... Sylvia Shannon
Marina Petrova ... Sheila (as Marina Petrowa)
Daniel Cauchy ... Sonny
Catherine Fonteney Catherine Fonteney ... Virginia Shannon
Claude Berri ... David
Jean Droze Jean Droze ... Ted
Gisèle Gallois ... Mona
Lud Germain Lud Germain ... Harrison - Le serviteur des Shannon (as Ludovic Germain)
Monique Just Monique Just ... Jay
Jean Sorel ... Elmer
Marie-Blanche Vergnes Marie-Blanche Vergnes ... Janet
André Versini André Versini ... Lex
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Storyline

In the American south, light-skinned Afro-American Joe Grant leaves Memphis and moves to a small town after his 18-year-old brother Sonny is brutally lynched for attempting to marry a white woman. Joe's skin is so light that he is able to pass himself off as Caucasian and find work in a local bookstore. To get revenge on white society, Joe seduces rich young white girl Lizbeth Shannon, and plots her death. Meanwhile, Joe discovers that the bookstore where he works is a front for an extortion ring, and the town's intolerant men make his life miserable. They wish to kill him, out of racism and jealousy, because the women are attracted by Joe's masculine charms. As time goes by, Joe falls in love with Lizbeth. She loves him back until she learns that he is of African descent. Besides, she is engaged to another young man, Elmer. She suggests they run away together to avoid the blackmailers and the marriage. Joe is beaten by the blackmailers, but the pair manages to run away. Elmer ... Written by Artemis-9

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The Film that defies every taboo!! He passed for white! ... and they loved it! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

French censorship visa #21.948 See more »

Connections

Featured in Drive-In Follies (1989) See more »

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Surprise-partie Au Bord De L'eau
Composed and Conducted by Alain Goraguer
Performed by Alain Goraguer Et Son Ensemble
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10 November 2020 | by gibbs-18172See all my reviews

Not one person sexually assaulted or any balls cut off!


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 June 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I Spit on Your Grave See more »

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Mono (Poste Parisien)
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