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I Spit on Your Grave ()

J'irai cracher sur vos tombes (original title)
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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, who he learns may... See more »

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Joe Grant
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Lizbeth Shannon
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Horace Chandley
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Sylvia Shannon
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Sheila (as Marina Petrowa)
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Sonny
Catherine Fonteney ...
Virginia Shannon
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David
Jean Droze ...
Ted
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Mona
Lud Germain ...
Harrison - Le serviteur des Shannon (as Ludovic Germain)
Monique Just ...
Jay
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Elmer
Marie-Blanche Vergnes ...
Janet
André Versini ...
Lex
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Stan Walker
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Christian Boisseau ...
Un gars de la bande de Stan (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michel Gast

Written by

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Boris Vian ... (screenplay) and
Jacques Dopagne ... (screenplay)
 
Louis Sapin ... (adaptation and dialogue) &
Luska Eliroff ... (adaptation and dialogue) and
Michel Gast ... (adaptation and dialogue)
 
Boris Vian ... (novel) (uncredited)

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Josette Trachsler ... executive producer
Janny Gérard ... producer (uncredited)

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Alain Goraguer

Cinematography by

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Marc Fossard

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Eliane Bensdorp

Production Design by

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Robert Bouladoux

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Anatole Paris ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Pierre Cottance ... unit production manager
Alex Maineri ... assistant unit manager

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Alain Bertrand ... second assistant director
Bernard Paul ... assistant director

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James Allan ... assistant art director
Fernand Bernardi ... property master
Nady Chauviret ... property master
Georges Petitot ... assistant art director
Georges Richard ... assistant art director

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René Bourdier ... sound assistant
Raymond Gauguier ... sound recordist
Georges Jacquinot ... sound assistant

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Jacques Boutinot ... still photographer
Paul Rodier ... camera operator
René Schneider ... assistant camera
Clovis Terry ... second assistant camera

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Alain Goraguer ... conductor

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Geneviève Cortier ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

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 a 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. Elder organizes a posse, claiming that Joe has abducted the girl and plans to rape her. Joe's family history is about to repeat itself. Tragedy ensues just as the fugitive lovers are about to cross the Mason-Dixon Line. Written by Artemis-9

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Taglines Black Man... Don't Let The Sun Set On You in This Town. . . See more »
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Also Known As
  • I Spit on Your Grave (United States)
  • Pljuvaću na vaše grobove (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • Haluan sylkäistä haudallesi (Finland)
  • Tha pao na ftyso stous tafous sas (Greece)
  • И приду плюнуть на ваши могилы (Russia)
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Trivia Boris Vian, the author of the novel on which the movie was based, died during the preview of I Spit on Your Grave (1959). He disowned the adaptation of his novel. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Drive-In Follies (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Blues De Memphis See more »

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