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Dirty Hands (1975)

Les innocents aux mains sales (original title)
Saint Tropez, 1975. Julie Wormser and her lover, writer and neighbour Jeff Marle, plan the assassination of her wealthy husband Louis, an impotent who drinks a lot. She hits him, and leaves... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Richard Neely (novel), Claude Chabrol (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Romy Schneider ... Julie Wormser
Rod Steiger ... Louis Wormser
François Maistre François Maistre ... Le commissaire Lamy
Paolo Giusti Paolo Giusti ... Jeff Marle
François Perrot ... Georges Thorent
Hans Christian Blech ... Le juge / Judge (as Hans-Christian Blech)
Pierre Santini Pierre Santini ... Le commissaire Villon
Jean Rochefort ... Maître Albert Légal
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Un policier
Serge Bento Serge Bento ... Le directeur de la banque
Jean Cherlian Jean Cherlian ... Le policier du bateau
Jurgens Doeres Jurgens Doeres ... (as Jurgen Doeres)
Gilbert Servien Gilbert Servien
Dominique Zardi Dominique Zardi ... Un policier
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Storyline

Saint Tropez, 1975. Julie Wormser and her lover, writer and neighbour Jeff Marle, plan the assassination of her wealthy husband Louis, an impotent who drinks a lot. She hits him, and leaves the rest of the task to Jeff. Julie finds herself alone the following day, and becomes therefore prime suspect. Where is Louis' body? Where is Jeff? Is there any secret beyond a door? Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Savage Greed. Searing Sex. Shattering Suspense. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 March 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirty Hands See more »

Filming Locations:

Saint-Tropez, Var, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Romy Schneider dubbed herself in the final English language version (besides filming the scenes with Rod Steiger in English). See more »

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Referenced in Les bidasses s'en vont en guerre (1974) See more »

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Film Noir in Sunny Setting
23 April 2001 | by Carlo HoutkampSee all my reviews

Claude Chabrol's Les Innocents aux Mains Sale sometimes runs the risk over becoming very, very slow-paced. Particularly the scene in the judge's office in which Julie's attorney cunningly pleads for her innocence is way, way too long. A little less dialogue, and a little more suspense would have helped this film, although it is really not bad.

But... The major attraction in this film is not the story, which, I must say, does have some highly unexpected twists and does indeed show Chabrol's creative skills and pleasure in directing. The star of Les Innocents is no one less than the wonderful Romy Schneider, whose acting performance, charm and beauty in this film are more stunning than ever before. I am very happy that Chabrol has chosen her character as the central one, for now we can admire gracious Scheider in almost every scene. I have the impression the camera man was in love with her, and who can blame him. Romy even looks amazing in the scene where she is putting curlers in her hair. She is the perfect cast for this complicated Femme Fatale role.

Although mainly the mediteranean filming locations in combination with the outstanding weather are to be credited for providing this Film Noir with a deceptively pleasant yellow, warm glow, it is Romy Scheider's radiance and talent that make Les Innocents aux Mains Sales a joy to watch.


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