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Enough Rope (1963)

Le meurtrier (original title)
Based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Blunderer. In this drama, two total strangers suspect each other of murdering their own wives.


Claude Autant-Lara


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Credited cast:
Gert Fröbe ... Melchior Kimmel
Marina Vlady ... Ellie
Robert Hossein ... Corby
Harry Meyen ... Tony
Maurice Ronet ... Walter Saccard
Yvonne Furneaux ... Clara Saccard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... La serveuse
Paulette Dubost ... Helen Kimmel
Clara Gansard Clara Gansard ... La bonne
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Le commissaire / Police Commissioner


Based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Blunderer. In this drama, two total strangers suspect each other of murdering their own wives.

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Drama | Thriller




France | West Germany | Italy



Release Date:

14 July 1966 (USA) See more »

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Enough Rope See more »

Filming Locations:

Menton, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Deserves to be released on DVD by Criterion
25 August 2017 | by waldenpond66See all my reviews

There are two French movies based on Highsmith novels with Maurice Ronet. René Clément's 1960 thriller "Plein soleil" aka "Purple Noon" (based on "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is one of them. For me that's the best French thriller from the 1960's. Definitely a 10 stars movie. "Le meurtrier" aka "Enough Rope" mise en scène by Claude Autant-Lara is the other one and for me it comes close, 9 stars. This suspenseful crime story was filmed in 1963 in Nice, Côte d'azur, France. The soundtrack/score is very engaging and adds to the suspense.

The remake "A Kind of Murder" with Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biehl was released in 2016. As much as it creates atmosphere and has beautiful winter scenes and overall beautiful cinematography, the suspense which is so evident in "Le meurtrier" is missing in the remake. But the remake is still worth being watched.

I wish Criterion who releases so many French master pieces in their collection would finally add "Enough Rope" with a nice booklet...it's about time.

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