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Someone Behind the Door (1971)

Quelqu'un derrière la porte (original title)
GP | | Crime, Drama | 28 July 1971 (France)
A neurosurgeon with a cheating wife takes an amnesiac into his home and conditions him to believe that the cheating wife is his own and to take the "appropriate" action.

Director:

Nicolas Gessner

Writers:

Marc Behm (adaptation), Nicolas Gessner (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Bronson ... The Stranger
Anthony Perkins ... Laurence Jeffries
Jill Ireland ... Frances Jeffries
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Paul Damien
Adriano Magistretti Adriano Magistretti ... Andrew
Agathe Natanson Agathe Natanson ... Lucy
Viviane Everly Viviane Everly ... Young Girl on Beach
André Penvern ... Intern
Carl Studer Carl Studer ... Fisherman (as Carl J. Studer)
Denise Péronne Denise Péronne ... Nurse
Isabelle Del Rio Isabelle Del Rio ... Nurse
Silvana Blasi Silvana Blasi ... Mrs. Evans
Colin Mann Colin Mann ... Sgt. Gordon
Yves Elliot Yves Elliot ... Policeman
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Storyline

Dr. Laurence Jeffries, a neurosurgeon, intent on his research, neglects his wife Frances. The frustrated woman accordingly takes a lover, Paul Damien, a French journalist. When he realizes what is going on, Laurence has only one thing in mind, vengeance. A diabolical idea comes to him: why not use one of his patients, an amnesiac, as his instrument of revenge? He soon implements his plan, taking the amnesiac into his home and making him believe that Frances is HIS wife, that she cheats on him and that he has to eliminate her... Written by Guy Bellinger

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No memory, no name, no mind: This man will act out someone else's insanity and revenge. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1971 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Someone Behind the Door See more »

Filming Locations:

Folkestone, Kent, England, UK

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, Charles Bronson's salary on this picture was US $500,000. See more »

Quotes

The Stranger: How long am I gonna stay here?
Laurence Jeffries: Well, that depends.
The Stranger: It's, uh, considerate of you.
Laurence Jeffries: Not at all, it's my job.
The Stranger: Uh, what was in that, uh, shot you gave me?
Laurence Jeffries: Are you feeling sleepy?
The Stranger: Yeah...
Laurence Jeffries: Good.
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Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9: Largo
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as A. Dvorak)
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Plodding film, but it's refreshing to see Bronson actually acting.
13 August 2003 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Back in the good old days, before the success of "Death Wish" forced him into playing the same role of the angry vigilante over and over again, Charles Bronson was a fine, versatile actor; in this 1971 film, he actually plays the victim of a larger scheme (though he does some victimizing of his own, too), and he's the best - if not the only - reason to see this otherwise static, plodding thriller. Anthony Perkins disappoints as the slightly deranged brain surgeon. The version I saw was in French, though the actors clearly spoke English on the set; this only added to the strangeness of the experience. Oh, and good luck to anyone trying to figure out what the title has to do with anything else. (**)


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