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And Hope to Die (1972)

La course du lièvre à travers les champs (original title)
A crook on the run hooks up with a criminal gang to commit a kidnapping. However, things don't go quite as planned.

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

David Goodis (novel), Sébastien Japrisot
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Antoine Cardot aka Froggy
Robert Ryan ... Charley Ellis
Lea Massari ... Sugar
Aldo Ray ... Mattone
Jean Gaven ... Rizzio
Tisa Farrow ... Pepper
Nadine Nabokov Nadine Nabokov ... Majorette
André Lawrence ... Chef gitan
Don Arrès ... Mastragos
Aubert Pallascio ... Renner (as Louis Aubert)
Ellen Bahl Ellen Bahl
Béatrice Belthoise Béatrice Belthoise
Jean Coutu ... Inspector
Jean-Marie Lemieux ... Lester
Michel Maillot ... Gypsy
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Storyline

The one that runs like the hare of French title is a Tony Cardot, young French pilot, who very unfortunately crashed his plane into a group of Gypsy children not far away from Montreal. Pursued by a group of vengeful Gypsies, his way accidentally crosses that of Charley, the boss of a gang planning a big caper. Taken prisoner by Charley and his men, Tony will become involved in the affair against his will... Written by Guy Bellinger

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From this split-second on these men are going to be very rich... or very dead! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 September 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

And Hope to Die See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish censorship visa register # 81566 delivered on 6-3-1973. See more »

Quotes

Mattone: It don't work, nothing ever works with the French, except having kids. I read that in a book once.
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Alternate Versions

The original version released in Europe ran 140 minutes. Soon after, it was cut once again to 127 minutes. When it arrived in the United States, it was further cut to 99 minutes. See more »

Connections

References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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One of the best french Films of the 70's
22 October 2004 | by arda_ataSee all my reviews

Yes, i loved this film from the first minute on. One big reason might be the wonderful, melancholic, touching and fabulous soundtrack by Francis Lai, which i didn't managed to get yet. It's a real shame, that this masterpiece of film music is not available anymore. And for the ending : very touching !!! Knowing, that Ryan had cancer when filming makes the ending more touching. I wish, this film and its soundtrack gets the treatment it deserves (Criterion Collection anyone ?!). A nice uncut (french version is uncut, the German one is cut) version on DVD and a soundtrack re-release and i'm in heaven !


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