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The Common Man (1975)

Dupont Lajoie (original title)
As every summer, Georges Lajoie, his wife Ginette and grown-up son Léon go on holiday to Loulou's campsite. They join old friends, the Schumachers and the Colins. Brigitte Colin, the ... See full summary »

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Yves Boisset
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Carmet ... Georges Lajoie
Pierre Tornade ... Colin
Jean Bouise ... Inspecteur Boulard
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Albert Schumacher
Ginette Garcin ... Ginette Lajoie
Pascale Roberts ... Madame Colin
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Léo Tartaffione
Robert Castel Robert Castel ... Loulou
Pino Caruso Pino Caruso ... Vigorelli
Isabelle Huppert ... Brigitte Colin
Jacques Chailleux Jacques Chailleux ... Léon Lajoie
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Le haut fonctionnaire
Odile Poisson Odile Poisson ... Mme Schumacher
Victor Lanoux ... Le costaud / Strong man
Mohamed Zinet Mohamed Zinet ... Le frère de Saïd
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Storyline

As every summer, Georges Lajoie, his wife Ginette and grown-up son Léon go on holiday to Loulou's campsite. They join old friends, the Schumachers and the Colins. Brigitte Colin, the daughter, is quite a pretty young girl now. One day, Georges rapes and murders her. He hides the body near the barracks of the immigrant Arab workers. The racism of the campers will do the rest... A virulent lampoon against the average Frenchman's racism. Written by Yepok

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 February 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Common Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sofracima See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

The Arab who played the victim was actually attacked by unknown persons in the streets of Toulon just after the shooting of the film. See more »

Goofs

At the mortuary, when the police and coroner are discussing Ben Saïd's injuries, his chest can repeatedly be seen to rise and fall as he breathes. See more »

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Yves Boisset's diatribe against latent xenophobia will leave you badly bruised but otherwise enlightened
29 March 2018 | by waspkorpSee all my reviews

Based on the novel by Bastid and Martens, Yves Boisset's diatribe against crass stupidity, cowardice and ordinary racism is as relevant and powerful today as it was when it first came out, through its uncompromising and realistic depiction of how latent xenophobia can often result in dramatic consequences. A controversial piece that needs to be seen even more so today when racism and rape allegations are more rife than ever.


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