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Le tueur (1972)

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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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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detective | murder | See All (2) »

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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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Production Co:

C.O.F.C.I.,Europa Films,Gafer See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Nothing to write home about (putting it mildly)
14 February 2010 | by mereieSee all my reviews

Watching this film, I repeatedly failed to shake off the "who cares?" feeling. "Le tueur" miserably fails to deliver. It is not entirely unwatchable, but this is mainly due to the presence of highly-acclaimed legends such as Gabin and Blier, who wasted their talents here majorly. The story is flimsy: dangerous criminal breaks out deviously, hides from the police with the help of old mates hoping for an escape abroad (with a girl he picked up on the way) – he keeps one step ahead of the cops all the time, partly due to his ruthlessness, until the police begin to attempt using equally cunning methods. The ending is predictably abrupt, yet lacks the ingenious elegance one is hoping for. This movie has no redeeming features such as artistic photography (though I did like the geographical locations) or striking mood-enhancing music. The characters all remain very flat. We don't take to the killer (for the obvious fact he is a ruthless killer), not even when he unconvincingly starts developing warm feelings for Gerda (Uschi Glas). Strangely enough, he is not even a convincing psycho, looking much too nice to be one. All we are left with are the apparent differences between Le Guen (Gabin) and Tellier (Blier) and the way the police are plodding to get results. And even all that is not too impressive.


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