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The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (1970)

A secretary takes her boss's car for the holiday in the Mediterranean, oddly retracing a journey she has not taken, and is recognized by people she has not met before. When a body turns up ... See full summary »


Anatole Litvak


Sébastien Japrisot (novel), Sébastien Japrisot (screenplay) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Eggar ... Danielle Lang ("Dany")
Oliver Reed ... Michael Caldwell
John McEnery ... Yves-Marie aka Philippe
Stéphane Audran ... Anita Caldwell
Billie Dixon Billie Dixon ... Tall Girl
Bernard Fresson ... Jean Yvain
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Manuel
Philippe Nicaud Philippe Nicaud ... Highway Policeman
Martine Kelly Martine Kelly ... Kiki
Jacques Fabbri ... Doctor
Jacques Legras ... Policeman
Lisa Jouvet Lisa Jouvet ... Danish Tourist
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Bernard Thorr
Yves Pignot Yves Pignot ... Baptistin
Louise Rioton Louise Rioton ... American Tourist


A secretary takes her boss's car for the holiday in the Mediterranean, oddly retracing a journey she has not taken, and is recognized by people she has not met before. When a body turns up in her trunk, things get serious. Written by alfiehitchie

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Her first mistake was getting into the car.




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Release Date:

22 October 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota no Automóvel - Com Óculos e um Rifle See more »

Filming Locations:

Autoroute A6, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of director Anatole Litvak. See more »


Version of The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (2015) See more »


Music by Michel Legrand
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Head-swirling collage of mystery, deception and Christian Dior...
25 August 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Secretary at a Paris fashion agency borrows her boss's car for a weekend drive down the Mediterranean coast, but her lighthearted holiday is fraught with trouble after she continually runs into complete strangers who appear to know her. U.S.-French co-production adapted by Sébastien Japrisot from his novel, with assistance from director Anatole Litvak, is beautifully designed and mounted, with attractive photography by Claude Renoir in mod-popping shades. Samantha Eggar has never been better (nor lovelier) than she is here, confusedly finding herself in turbulent situations yet determined to figure out what's really going on. Japrisot and Litvak lay on the paranoia undercurrent fairly thickly, though they also play fair with the viewer and give us a journey well-wrought with engrossing entanglements. It's also one of the chicest mysteries to mark the end of the 1960s, with gorgeous locales, cars and costumes to hold the attention whenever the script gets too chatty. **1/2 from ****

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