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Le couteau dans la plaie (1962)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 12 December 1962 (France)
Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him ... See full summary »

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

André Versini (idea), Peter Viertel (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Lisa Macklin
Anthony Perkins ... Robert Macklin
Gig Young ... David Barnes
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Alan Stewart
Yolande Turner ... Barbara Ford (as Yolande Finch)
Tommy Norden Tommy Norden ... Johnny
Mathilde Casadesus Mathilde Casadesus ... Mme. Duval, Concierge
Billy Kearns Billy Kearns ... Capt. Wade
Barbara Nicot Barbara Nicot ... Regine
Louis Falavigna Louis Falavigna ... Pharmacist
Elina Labourdette ... Mme. Lafont
Régine ... Mrs. Wade
Pascale Roberts ... Streetwalker
Sophie Réal Sophie Réal ... Housemaid
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... Monsieur Babasse
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Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him again. She is with newspaperman Alan Stewart that evening when she learns Robert's plane has crashed with no survivors. Waking from sedation after the funeral, Lisa finds Robert in their flat, injured but alive. He was thrown clear of the crash by a lucky twist of fate. He now plans to collect the $120,000 insurance he took out at the airport. Once Lisa collects the money and turns it over to him, she will finally be rid of him. She attempts to get advice from Stewart, but he has been replaced by David Barnes. Lisa's life becomes a tortuous ordeal, at work, at home, faced with a fugitive husband and a growing love for David, who suspects everything. Finally her nightmare concludes when she finally gets the check and meets Robert. As they drive to the Belgian border, he reveals he never intended giving ... Written by alfiehitchie

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A motion picture that touches the trigger of violence in all of us! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La troisième dimension See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The picture on the bedroom wall in Lisa and Bob's apartment is a print of a painting by Henri Rousseau, called "The Sleeping Gypsy," painted in 1897. It is a fantastical depiction of a lion musing over a sleeping woman on a moonlit night. See more »

Goofs

After Johnny (the little boy) enters Robert Macklin's house through a front window, Macklin asks him where Johnny's dad is. Johnny answers "At the office. He came home early yesterday, but mostly I'm alone." The camera angle changes at "but mostly I'm alone" from front to left side. You can see that Johnny's mouth is not moving when he says "but mostly I'm alone." See more »

Quotes

Barbara Ford: I've given up eating. It's soooo old fashioned.
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Connections

Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 11 February 1963 (1963) See more »

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Le Couteau Dans La Plaie (Main Title)
Written and Performed by Mikis Theodorakis And His Orchestra
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Tony is great as always
20 December 1999 | by katie kaboomSee all my reviews

I just love this movie. It has suspense and a little comedy(even though the film makers may not have intended for there to be). Anthony Perkins was just great as the childish, nightmarish husband of Sophia Loren.

Lisa (played by the ever exasperating Sophia Loren) has tired of her immature, infantile husband, Bob (played by the always great Tony Perkins). Well, when Bob travels to Casablanca via plane and Lisa sees in the newspaper that it crashed with no survivors, she's relieved. But guess what? Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for us Tony fans), Bob didn't die! Well, Bob comes back to Lisa unbeknownst to anyone else and bullies Lisa into collecting the insurance money.

Overall this is just a great film (even if Sophia is in it). The ending is a shocker, too.

One more thing, listen to the film's music; it's really good, too.


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