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The Bride Wore Black (1968)

La mariée était en noir (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 25 June 1968 (USA)
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Julie Kohler is prevented from suicide by her mother. She leaves the town. She will track down, charm and kill five men who do not know her. What is her goal? What is her purpose?

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

Cornell Woolrich (from the novel by), François Truffaut (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Julie Kohler
Michel Bouquet ... Coral
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Corey
Charles Denner ... Fergus
Claude Rich ... Bliss
Michael Lonsdale ... Rene Morane (as Michel Lonsdale)
Daniel Boulanger Daniel Boulanger ... Delvaux
Alexandra Stewart ... Mlle Becker
Sylvine Delannoy Sylvine Delannoy ... Mme Morane
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ... Julie's mother
Michèle Montfort Michèle Montfort ... Fergus's model
Jacqueline Rouillard Jacqueline Rouillard
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... Mechanic
Gilles Quéant Gilles Quéant ... Examining judge (as Gilles Queant)
Serge Rousseau Serge Rousseau ... David
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Storyline

After trying to commit suicide, the widow Julie Kohler (Jeanne Moreau) pretends to her mother that she will leave her town. Actually she stays, chases and assassinates the five men that accidentally killed her beloved husband in the stairs of the church immediately after their wedding ceremony. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She was a bride when the violence happened... Now she's a widow and it's going to happen again

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bride Wore Black See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$747,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,463, 6 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,324, 13 April 2014
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film is the inspiration for the Kate Bush song "The Wedding List" from her 1980 album Never For Ever. See more »

Goofs

Before Julie gets to Robert Coral's apartment, there is a picture of a girl in a bikini just to the left of the door. But when she first enters the apartment, the picture is gone. See more »

Quotes

Coral: Permit me to make an impossible wish?
Julie Kohler: Why impossible?
Coral: Because I'm a rather pessimist.
Julie Kohler: I've heard it said: "There are no optimists or pessimists. There are only happy idiots or unhappy ones".
Coral: [smiling] Yes, well. I'm an unhappy idiot then.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425 - Allegro
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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5 February 2001 | by teadmSee all my reviews

Interesting take on Hitchcock territory, although it lacks the suspense and capacity to involve the viewer as The Master's films always did. The true wonder here is Jeanne Moreau, as cool as a cucumber, going about her revenge business with clockwork accuracy, exuding class and talent equivalent to five of today's stars. Bernard Herrman's passionate score seems slightly out of place against the film's emotional detachment, and most of the time things fall just a little bit too perfectly in place, but overall, this is a satisfying film, of interest to genre fans.


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