7 user 4 critic

La horse (1970)

Near the Baie de la Seine swamps, opposite the Port of Le Havre, Auguste Maroilleur, an elderly farmer, exploits 400 hectares of crop land with the help of his family, over which he rules ... See full summary »


Georges Godefroy (based on the novel by) (as Michel Lambesc), Pascal Jardin (scenario and adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Auguste Maroilleur
Danièle Ajoret Danièle Ajoret ... Louise
Michel Barbey ... Maurice
Christian Barbier Christian Barbier ... Léon
Pierre Dux ... Le juge d'instruction
Armando Francioli ... Francis
Julien Guiomar ... Le commissaire
Eléonore Hirt ... Mathilde (as Éléonore Hirt)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Hans
Félix Marten ... Marc
Orlane Paquin Orlane Paquin ... Véronique
Marc Porel ... Henri
André Weber André Weber ... Bien-Phu
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Louis
Astrid Frank ... L'amie de Hans


Near the Baie de la Seine swamps, opposite the Port of Le Havre, Auguste Maroilleur, an elderly farmer, exploits 400 hectares of crop land with the help of his family, over which he rules with an iron hand. Things go awry the day he discovers one of his grandsons is involved in drug traffic. To make matters worse, the reckless youth has hidden the white powder in the Maroilleur farm. Without a moment's hesitation, Auguste gets rid of the toxic substance but, of course, the mob has different views... Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Thriller


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Jean Gabin's character name is Maroyeur - or Maroilleur, the same character name that Jean Louis Trintignant has in Le Train, another Pierre Granier Deferre's film, made three years later. See more »


Referenced in Beginners (2010) See more »


Written and Performed by Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier
See more »

User Reviews

Hero and heroin
9 June 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This one was the first of a series of "rural" thrillers which began to appear in the first part of the seventies.We can also mention "la veuve Couderc" "les granges brûlées" and mainly "l'affaire Dominici",a true story which also featured Gabin,in a part very similar to the one he played in "la horse" .

The clannishness in a rural milieu was not new in 1971: Becker's great "Goupi Mains Rouges" is the granddaddy of "la horse" .Granier-Deferre was never looked upon as an auteur and however his movie has stood the test of time quite well.It's a short movie (about 85 min) and the audience is never bored.Gabin is excellent in this part of a grumpy die-hard farmer.He rules over his family and no one dares to contradict him.He lives in a world that no longer exists but he is not prepared to accept another one,so the others must follow.He never contradicts himself,and even if it's difficult to side with him,because taking the law into your hands is hard to swallow for a normal human being,one cannot deny Gabin's behavior its internal logic. The villains -traffickers in drugs- are cardboard characters but it does not matter,cause it's Gabin's one man show.When he learns his grandson is involved in this dirty business,he sees red: no one in his family has already been arrested ,and his family is sacred,the only way of getting out of this mess is striking back.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



Italy | France | West Germany



Release Date:

22 February 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Erbarmungslose See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed