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Killer (1972)

Le tueur (original title)
Whilst being transferred to a psychiatric hospital, a ruthless serial killer Gassot makes a break and goes on the run. He arrives in Marseilles, intending to escape abroad. Here, he falls for a young prostitute, Gerda.

Writers:

Pascal Jardin, Denys de La Patellière (scenario & adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Commissaire Le Guen
Fabio Testi ... Georges Gassot
Uschi Glas ... Gerda
Jacques Richard Jacques Richard ... François Gassot
Gérard Depardieu ... Frédo Babasch, le 'mouton' de la Santé
Ginette Garcin ... Lulu
Philippe Vallauris Philippe Vallauris
Sady Rebbot Sady Rebbot ... Lucien, le Grenoblois
Jacques Debary ... Le commissaire de Marseille
Georges Staquet Georges Staquet
Félix Marten ... Campana
Bernard Blier ... François Tellier, directeur de la PJ
Jean Barney Jean Barney ... Un jeune inspecteur
Georges Blaness Georges Blaness ... Un pied noir
Uschi Bremen Uschi Bremen ... La vendeuse du sex-shop
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Whilst being transferred to a psychiatric hospital, a ruthless serial killer Gassot makes a break and goes on the run. He arrives in Marseilles, intending to escape abroad. Here, he falls for a young prostitute, Gerda.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 March 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Killer und der Kommissar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Soundtracks

C'était un homme
Lyrics by Pierre Delanoë
Music by Hubert Giraud
Performed by Ricky Shayne
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Limp,lethargic,listless...
3 November 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This would be violent thriller is thoroughly devoid of interest.Jean Gabin's career reached its nadir in the sixties and the seventies .At the time,Carné,Renoir,Grémillon,Ophuls,Duvivier and Autant-Lara were either dead or artistically dead and Gabin never worked (perhaps wisely)with the Nouvelle Vague.He could have tried Chabrol though.

This is the story of a killer (Fabio Testi's playing is appalling)and Gabin is hot on his heels .The movie is as obsolete as the computer(!) the Police use or Bernard Blier's recriminations about Gabin's assistant's long hair.Denys De la Patellière,a director who had NEVER produced a decent movie in a rather long career,with the exception of "retour de Manivelle" ,reached here one of his lowest points.

Gabin's career was almost over but another one was about to take off:Gerard Depardieu has a small part in the third half .His playing is not particularly remarkable.


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