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The Champagne Murders (1967)

Le scandale (original title)
A champagne tycoon's (Furneaux) partner (Ronet) suspects his partner's gigolo husband (Perkins) of murders he's been framed for.


Claude Chabrol


Claude Brulé (screenplay), Derek Prouse (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Christopher Belling
Maurice Ronet ... Paul Wagner
Yvonne Furneaux ... Christine Belling
Stéphane Audran ... Jacqueline Belling / Lydia
Annie Vidal Annie Vidal ... Blonde
Henry Jones ... Mr. Clarke
Catherine Sola Catherine Sola ... Denise
George Skaff George Skaff ... Mr. Pfeiffer
Christa Lang ... Paula
Marie-Ange Aniès Marie-Ange Aniès ... Michele
Suzanne Lloyd ... Evelyn Wharton


A champagne tycoon's (Furneaux) partner (Ronet) suspects his partner's gigolo husband (Perkins) of murders he's been framed for.

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Claude Chabrol made this film for an American company, Universal, and with some American and British actors in prominent roles. Each scene for the film was filmed in both French and English versions, with the result that it got widely released in Britain and America. The English-language version was mostly scripted by film critics. Chabrol, who spoke excellent English, was able to maintain complete artistic control over the project. See more »


Evelyn: Where would you like to be?
Paul Wagner: Oh, where would I like to be? Scaling the seven hills of Rome, maybe. Or, eating seafood in Salt Lake City. Huh? Or, water skiing in the shadow of the Pyramids. Anywhere but here.
Evelyn: Well, I haven't had much chance to travel.
Paul Wagner: Oh, I see. Well, eh, maybe we could take a little trip right now. Come along with me.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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Snafu, Fubar, and Fiasco walk into a bar
28 October 2017 | by enoughtoilSee all my reviews

Spoiler alert: this review is all spoilers. But this movie is so bad that I don't think it's possible to spoil it any further. A reviewer who has praised the movie asserts that the Anthony Perkins character, Christopher, is in cahoots with the character, or rather characters, played by Stéphane Audran: Audran is Jacqueline when disguised as Christopher's mousy maid and she is the flashy Lydia when not in disguise. Lydia commits a bunch of murders and tries to pin them on Christopher's friend, the character named Paul who is played by Maurice Ronet. Lydia's plan is to benefit financially from the deaths of her murder victims and then live happily ever after with Christopher (why the beautiful and intelligent, albeit ruthless, Lydia would kill in order to be with a loser like Christopher is beyond my comprehension). But if Christopher is in on Lydia's plan, then the scene where he makes a play for Jacqueline and she rejects him makes no sense. Perhaps he could be in cahoots only with Lydia, not realizing that she is also Jacqueline, but that would mean that all it takes for a woman to deceive Christopher is not much more than her wearing of a wig. Christopher's being in cahoots with Lydia would also mean that he would be delighted when he learns that his wife, Christine, played by Yvonne Furneaux, has been murdered, when in fact he is distraught. The entire movie makes very little sense. With the partial exception of Christine, all the main characters are unprincipled and obnoxious people, so it is difficult to have much sympathy for any of them.

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Release Date:

31 March 1967 (France) See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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