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Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

PG-13 | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 21 July 1971 (USA)
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Paris...at the turn of the century. Inspector Vidocq investigates a series of unexplained murders at a Grand Guignol-type theatre...where the players have suddenly become real-life victims. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.

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Gordon Hessler
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Robards ... Cesar Charron
Herbert Lom ... Rene Marot
Christine Kaufmann ... Madeleine Charron
Adolfo Celi ... Inspector Vidocq
Maria Perschy ... Genevre
Michael Dunn ... Pierre Triboulet
Lilli Palmer ... Mrs. Charron
Peter Arne ... Aubert
Rosalind Elliot Rosalind Elliot ... Gabrielle (as Rosalind Elliott)
Marshall Jones ... Luigi Orsini
María Martín ... Madam Adolphe (as Maria Martin)
Ruth Plattes ... Orsini's Assistant
Rafael Hernández ... Member of Repertory Company (as Rafael Hernandez)
Pamela McInnes Pamela McInnes ... Member of Repertory Company
Sally Longley Sally Longley ... Member of Repertory Company
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Storyline

In Paris, in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Cesar Charron owns a theater at the Rue Morgue where he performs the play "Murders in the Rue Morgue" with his wife Madeleine Charron, who has dreadful nightmares. When there are several murders by acid of people connected to Cesar, the prime suspect of Inspector Vidocq would be Cesar's former partner Rene Marot. But Marot murdered Madeleine's mother many years ago and committed suicide immediately after. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Edgar Allan Poe's classic of the grotesque!... See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Star Jason Robards thought he was miscast in this project. See more »

Goofs

The use of a stunt-double for Lom is also obvious in the fight-scene with Robards in which Robards punches Lom and sends him crashing into a table. See more »

Quotes

Rene Marot: Goodbye, Madeleine. But remember, the will... the will... lives on... after death.
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Connections

Referenced in Prime Cut (1972) See more »

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La Marseillaise
(uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Sung in the theatre
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Too Lifeless to Really Work
26 January 2014 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)

** (out of 4)

British version puts a twist on the story (and previous versions) of Edgar Allan Poe. In this version, a stage troupe is putting on a version of Murders in the Rue Morgue when real murders start to happen. The lead actor (Jason Robards) and Inspector Vidocq (Herbert Lom) try and track down who is responsible. This version of the Poe story has been ripped to pieces over the years but having skipped it for thirty-plus years I was well aware that several liberties were taken. I can't say I blame director Gordon Hessler for wanting to change things around considering there had been several versions of the story already done. The biggest problem is that with the changes nothing too exciting is done and nothing here is as entertaining as what Poe wrote. I think the biggest thing going against the picture is the fact that it's rather dull and only comes to life during the opening sequence and the final one. Everything in between is rather lifeless and really drags to the point where you just simply don't care who's doing the killing. The version I viewed was the 97-minute director's cut, which restores some eleven-minutes that AIP had originally cut out. I don't know the whole history of the film so I can't say which version is better but I have to think that a lot of the material here was just filler. You'd think that having actors like Robards and Lom would have been a positive but it's really not. Yes, it's fun seeing them in a film like this but at the same time both are clearly just here to cash a paycheck. Robards seems extremely uninterested in anything going on and the same can be said about Lom who seems to be rushing through every scene just to get it over with. There are a few good things about the film including its colorful look as well as the atmosphere but this here just isn't enough to recommend it to others.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Allan Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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