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House of Cards (1969)

In 1960s Paris, an American boxer stumbles upon an international fascist conspiracy that aims to create a new world order.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Reno Davis
... Anne de Villemont
... Leschenhaut
... Général Sébastien Henri René de Villemont / Dr Morillon
... Jeanne-Marie
Geneviève Cluny ... Veronique
... Mathilde Rosier
Ralph Michael ... Claude de Gonde
Jacques Roux ... Maguy
... Gabrielle de Villemont
William Job ... Bourdon
... Edmond Rosier
Barnaby Shaw ... Paul de Villemont
Ave Ninchi ... Signora Orragi
Renzo Palmer ... Pietro Rossi - the false monk
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Leschenhaut and Morillon are trying to organize a plot to overthrow the French government and set up a new fascist organization. Their plans are interrupted by Davis, an American boxer, tutor of young Paul de Villemont; in Villemont Manor he discovers the plot and, after the kidnapping of the boy, he travels to Rome, where the organization would exchange Paul with a list of members stolen by Davis to give to the press. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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14 September 1969 (USA)  »

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Oddly, the film leaves out the detail which explains the title - the all-important list of names which George Peppard gets hold of is, in the novel, in code, which is broken via a knowledge of Tarot cards. In the film, it's just a list of names, so the brief moment where the Patience Collier character is seen laying out Tarot cards has no resonance for the later scenes. See more »

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House of Cards (Chateau de Cartes)
Lyrics by Pierre Barouh
Music by Francis Lai
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Nifty, and they NEVER show it on TV
6 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this at age 15 because I enjoyed the Stanley Ellin book it's based on. The movie is imitation Hitchcock of a very high order. (The climax in the Colosseum is pure Hitchcock.) Peppard is supposed to be a washed up boxer, and he has just the beat-up, world-weary sexiness the part needs. Inger Stevens is very glamorous as the lady of the house with her problems and secrets. The Paris setting is very well used, and that's important because the movie has a unique premise. The villains are pied noir terrorists left over from the Algerian revolution, displaced from their colonial home, reactionary, and deeply opposed to the French government of that appeaser DeGaulle. It gives a certain reality to the mysterious goings on. I thought the film did full justice to the novel, except that they unavoidably dispensed with the novel's use of Tarot cards to organize the chapters thematically. The music is great too. There's a title song in French that I'd love to have a recording of. It's sad to see Stevens looking so lovely and giving such a good performance so close to her tragic real-life suicide. She was special, and there's great chemistry between her and Peppard.


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