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Tu ne tueras point (1961)

At the end of World War II, a French pacifist is arrested for refusing to fight. In prison, he befriends a German priest arrested for murder of a French Resistance fighter. They discuss morality, obedience, and religion.


Claude Autant-Lara
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurent Terzieff ... Zan Fransoa Kordije (as Loran Terzijev)
Horst Frank ... Adler
Mica Orlovic Mica Orlovic ... Major
Marijan Lovric Marijan Lovric ... Kapetan (as Marjan Lovric)
Suzanne Flon ... Kordijeova majka (as Sizan Flon)
Ivo Jaksic Ivo Jaksic ... Iguman u manastiru
Vladeta Dragutinovic Vladeta Dragutinovic ... Stajn
Petar Banicevic Petar Banicevic ... Rober
Jovan Gec Jovan Gec ... General u zatvoru
Zoran Milosavljevic Zoran Milosavljevic ... Zarobljeni partizan
Zvonko Jovcic Zvonko Jovcic ... Pukovnik
Aleksandar Stojkovic Aleksandar Stojkovic ... Kapetanov posilni
Ljubisa Jocic Ljubisa Jocic ... Mil
Milivoje Popovic-Mavid Milivoje Popovic-Mavid ... Advokat
Slobodan Simic Slobodan Simic ... Predsednik suda


At the end of World War II, a French pacifist is arrested for refusing to fight. In prison, he befriends a German priest arrested for murder of a French Resistance fighter. They discuss morality, obedience, and religion.

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France | Italy | Yugoslavia


French | Serbo-Croatian | German

Release Date:

26 July 1961 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

L'objecteur See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The French government refused to help financing the movie because of its pacifist anti-war message, since France was at the time heavily involved in the bloody Algerian War of independence. The budget was finally secured when the Yugoslavian government agreed to pitch in. The movie premiered at the 1961 Venice Film Festival as a Yugoslavian entry, since the French government still wanted nothing to do with it and eventually banned the release of the film in France until 1963, a year after the Algerian War had ended. The French press gave the movie mostly poor reviews. See more »


Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.39 (1962) See more »

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Thou shalt not kill.
6 August 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

France,early sixties:the Algerian war is coming to an end but not before 1962;pacifist Louis Lecoin is on a hunger strike in order to get the status of conscientious objector for all men who refuse to make war.The general de Gaulle will finally agree,but only when the war is over.

A voice rises;it does not come from the ranks of the nouvelle vague,no,it's an "old" director,Claude Autant-Lara,whose mother had been an active pacifist during WW1(an actress,she was thrown out from the comédie française for her ideas).Laurent Terzieff-the part was first intended for Gérard Philippe,who was keen on it,but he died before - plays the part of a young man who refuses to be drafted,because of his religious beliefs. He is abetted by his mother(a wonderful Suzanne Flon).

This might be the most difficult French movie to find and see.Never broadcast on TV ,it seems to scare everybody .

"These academic old hat directors gotta get away",the new wave was ceaselessly yelling.Not one among them had the guts to tackle such a responsible hard subject.

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