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Le combat dans l'île (1962)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 12 June 2009 (USA)
After an unsuccessful assassination, a terrorist and his wife hide on a remote island in the house of a friend who doesn't suspect anything.


Alain Cavalier


Alain Cavalier (scenario), Jean-Paul Rappeneau (dialogue)




Complete credited cast:
Romy Schneider ... Anne
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Clément Lesser
Henri Serre ... Paul
Diane Lepvrier ... Cécile (as Diana Lepvrier)
Robert Bousquet Robert Bousquet ... Lucien
Jacques Berlioz Jacques Berlioz ... Le père
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre ... André
Maurice Garrel ... Terrasse
Marcel Cuvelier Marcel Cuvelier
Pierre Asso Pierre Asso ... Serge


The son of a French industrialist, Clément is a right wing extremist who belongs to a secret militant right wing organization that uses whatever means necessary, including violence, to achieve its goals. His wife Anne, a former German actress who gave up her career to be the doting wife, knows somewhat of his extremist views, and suspects he would indeed kill if need be as witnessed by what she finds hidden in their house. He often treats her poorly, especially out in public as she maintains the façade of her former celebrity, which he believes is her acting like a whore. Regardless, she is compelled to stay in the marriage. After he and a right wing colleague assassinate a Communist figure, that assassination which goes slightly awry, Clément and Anne hide out in the country home of Clément's childhood friend, Paul, who knows nothing about Clément's extremist views. Paul is a democrat and pacifist. Clément is forced to leave to pursue a mission, leaving Anne behind. Without Clément, ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Louis Malle produced the film as a criticism of Jean-Luc Godard and other then-right wing nouvelle vague directors and their support for the French occupation of Algeria and for the OAS and their campaign of terrorism and assassination in mainland France. See more »

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Blood Brothers shouldn't break their vows!!!
14 April 2020 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

As Cavalier's debut not despicable picture mixing political issues and dramatic tragic drama, in a slow pace by the way, the story should be concise, offer more practicality instead some useful boring sequences, though don't expect see an eloquent Romy Schneider, she plays Anne a disturbed girl, going to nowhere, Trintignant plays Clement a rich son of great French industrialist who makes part of a right-wind terrorist cell, cover up by Hunting private club leading by a veteran terrorist Serge (Pierre Asso) they target are left-wing politicians and reds, they first target is a famous politician that end up in a flop, Clement is betrayed by Serge, meanwhile he and Anne hidden at Paul's house, (Henri Serre) actually a blood brothers when they were teenagers, Clement decides chase Serge to kill him, Anne stays there for a while, although both in absolute aloneness will getting closing each other, Clement finds Serge in a faraway Argentina, got his revenge and get back, now faces the unexpected truth, Anne is pregnancy of Paul, spurned Clement demands a duel at Island at river Senne, according Clement Paul broken the pact made on their childhood, dispersive the picture seems lost the central point often, overall a decent presentation!!!


First watch: 2020 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 7.25

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12 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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Fire and Ice See more »


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$10,217, 14 June 2009

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1.66 : 1
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