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Magnet of Doom (1963)

L'aîné des Ferchaux (original title)
Broke French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer Michel Maudet becomes bodyguard for the fugitive corrupt banker Ferchaux.

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Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation), Jean-Pierre Melville (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Michel Maudet
Charles Vanel ... Dieudonné Ferchaux
Michèle Mercier ... Lou
Malvina Silberberg Malvina Silberberg ... Lina (as Malvina)
Stefania Sandrelli ... Angie, Hitch-Hiker
Barbara Sommers Barbara Sommers ... Lou's friend
E.F. Medard E.F. Medard ... Suska
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Jeff
André Certes André Certes ... Émile Ferchaux
Andrex ... M. Andrei
Jerry Mengo Jerry Mengo ... Banker
Delia Kent Delia Kent ... Prostitute
Ginger Hall Ginger Hall ... Nurse
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel ... Boxeur
Simone Darot Simone Darot
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When French ex-paratrooper turned amateur boxer Michel Maudet looses his last fight he decides to quit boxing. The French banker and businessman Dieudonné Ferchaux is looking for a new personal secretary and bodyguard. The 25 year old ex-paratrooper is perfect for this role and he accepts the job. Because Mr. Ferchaux is in trouble with the French authorities, especially for his tax evasion crimes, he decides to run to America taking his personal secretary and bodyguard with him. After being threatened with extradition from the USA Mr. Ferchaux plans to escape to South America.He carries a vast sum of money with him but his bodyguard Maudet has a few dishonest ideas of his own. Written by nufs68

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France | Italy

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Release Date:

25 September 1963 (Italy) See more »

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An Honorable Young Man See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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As the plot is mainly about a flight throughout the United States from New York to New Orléans of the two main characters played by Jean Paul Belmondo and production could not film on locations; the indoor scenes were shot in Melvilles's own studio in Paris with the addition of many rear projections for the scenes inside cars. See more »

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[first lines]
Michel Maudet: My name is Michel Maudet. I guess. Back then, I was a boxer. Or more precisely, trying to become one.
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Surprisingly good
24 July 2003 | by StevieGBSee all my reviews

I saw this at London's National Film Theatre a couple of nights ago. The print, the best they could lay their hands on, was scratched and the colour had faded to the extent that much of it was a pinky sepia. Also, I could find very few reviews to read beforehand (zero on the IMDB). So I wasn't expecting much.

And I was therefore very pleasantly surprised. The tale of an old crooked banker who absconds to the US with a young male golddigger really works. Charles Vanel (who was so brilliant in The Wages of Fear) and Jean-Paul Belmondo are a wonderful team, as a very spiky and spiteful Father/Son relationship grows between them.

As a travelogue of a journey from New York to the Deep South it's fascinating, and reminded me, of all things, of Easy Rider, which I very much suspect it may have influenced.

There's a few problems with it, mainly due to the fact the Jean-Pierre Melville never really got the timing right when it came to editing emotional scenes (especially at the end).

But if you're a fan of the early Melville movies, Le Doulos in particular, then check it out.


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