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To Commit a Murder (1967)

Peau d'espion (original title)
M/PG | | Thriller, Drama | 7 April 1967 (France)
Charles Beaulieu, who served as an Army officer during the Algerian War, has become a novelist. Unfortunately for a playboy who lives in a big way like him, his books sell poorly. His need ... See full summary »

Director:

Édouard Molinaro

Writers:

Édouard Molinaro, Jacques Robert (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Louis Jourdan ... Charles Beaulieu
Senta Berger ... Gertraud Sphax
Edmond O'Brien ... Sphax - Publisher
Bernard Blier ... Le commandant Rhome
Maurice Garrel ... Henri Banck
Fabrizio Capucci Fabrizio Capucci ... Cecil Barnette
Gerhard Bormann Gerhard Bormann ... (as Gerhard Borman)
Peter Martin Urtel Peter Martin Urtel
Jean Rupert Jean Rupert
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Moranez
Gamil Ratib ... Belloum
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Charles Beaulieu, who served as an Army officer during the Algerian War, has become a novelist. Unfortunately for a playboy who lives in a big way like him, his books sell poorly. His need for money makes him accept an offer by Major Rhome, his former superior in Algeria, now one of the heads of the French counter-espionage agency. Charles' mission will consist in preventing the defection of laser specialist Henri Banck's defection to Red China... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Women can wind him up. Money can lure him out. But it's the scent of the kill that turns him on.

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Thriller | Drama

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Country:

France | West Germany | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 April 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

To Commit a Murder See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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West German censorship visa delivered on 12-1-1968. See more »

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CBS edited 17 minutes from this film for its 1977 network television premiere. See more »

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Spy thriller,French style.
23 May 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Does it deserve such a low rating?Frankly,no.There were ,in the wake of James Bond,so many dismal spy thrillers that you've got to be kind to "peau d'espion".Anyway,it's not James Bond style:no gadgets,no high budget.The plot might repel some,since it remains almost indecipherable till the scene between Jourdan and Berger in the car at night.And it's an hour before it shows up.But ,although implausible,-like 99% of the spy thrillers anyway-the story makes sense and features good actors:handsome Louis Jourdan,the French lover par excellence (he did a lot of work in Hollywood) ,gorgeous sexy Senta Berger,veterans Bernard Blier and Edmond O'Brien.Sometimes looks like a poor man's "torn curtain" if you take China instead of USSR.It's a far cry from it,but ,once again ,it's passably entertaining stuff.

A rather unpleasant scene nevertheless:a very unfriendly look at long-haired boys ;and they said they were all hippies!


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