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The Judge and the Assassin (1976)

Le juge et l'assassin (original title)
An unstable former French Sergeant commits many atrocities. A judge considers how this case could benefit or damage his career.

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Judge Rousseau
Michel Galabru ... Sgt. Joseph Bouvier
Isabelle Huppert ... Rose
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Villedieu, Attorney
Renée Faure Renée Faure ... Mme. Rousseau
Cécile Vassort ... Louise Leseuer
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Street Singer
Jean Bretonnière ... Deputy
François Dyrek François Dyrek ... Released Tramp
Monique Chaumette ... Louise's Mother
Yves Robert ... Prof. Degueldre
Jean Amos Jean Amos ... Le gardien-chef
Gilbert Bahon Gilbert Bahon ... Traveler
Arlette Bonnard Arlette Bonnard ... Farm Girl With Soup
Liza Braconnier Liza Braconnier ... Hospital Nun
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Storyline

France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier, a former Sergeant in the French military, shoots his beloved and attempts to kill himself. Having survived with two bullets in his brain, he is released from the Dole medical facility, a place of mental and physical filthiness. Then begins a five-year period of wandering on the roads of the South East of France, during which Bouvier rapes and eventually kills two dozen defenseless shepherds and farm servants of both sexes. Judge Rousseau thinks this case would help his career as a right wing politician and therefore issues warrants of arrests to find any hobo fitting the description. But if Bouvier was declared insane, the Judge's plan may become a trap... Written by Vincent Merlaud <merlaud@studi.mathematik.hu-berlin.de>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Judge and the Assassin See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardèche, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is a fairly straight-forward account of the crimes of Joseph Vacher. "Vacher" and "Bouvier" both mean "cowherd" in French. The names of many of the characters - like Lacassagne - have not been changed. See more »

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Referenced in Cherif: Piégé (2019) See more »

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La Commune Est En Lutte
Written by Philippe Sarde and Jean-Roger Caussimon
Sung by Jean-Roger Caussimon
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Fabuleux Galabru!
26 December 2000 | by roittmanSee all my reviews

Michel Galabru got the highest french award for his role in this movie, the "Cesar du meilleur acteur". Galabru became then one of the greatest actor in France.

Either in comedy or in tragedy (see "Le gendarme" and "L'été meurtrier".


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