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Le juge et l'assassin ()


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An unstable former French Sergeant commits many atrocities. A judge considers how this case could benefit or damage his career.

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Judge Rousseau
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Sgt. Joseph Bouvier
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Rose
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Villedieu, Attorney
Renée Faure ...
Mme. Rousseau
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Louise Leseuer
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Street Singer
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Deputy
François Dyrek ...
Released Tramp
Monique Chaumette ...
Louise's Mother
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Prof. Degueldre
Jean Amos ...
Le gardien-chef
Gilbert Bahon ...
Traveler
Arlette Bonnard ...
Farm Girl With Soup
Liza Braconnier ...
Hospital Nun
Jean-Claude de Goros ...
Dr. Dufour
Yvan Lech ...
Chief Marista
Jean-Pierre Leroux ...
Radeuf
René Morard ...
Traveler
Bob Morel ...
Red Donkey
Eddy Ross ...
1st Priest
Jean-Pierre Sentier ...
1st Journalist
Yan Vann
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcel Azzola ...
Accordion Player (uncredited)
Antoine Baud ...
Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
Gilles Dyrek ...
Victor (uncredited)
Michel Fortin ...
Surgeon (uncredited)
Jean-Marie Galey ...
2nd Journalist (uncredited)
Jean-Francis Gondre ...
Non-Commissioned Officer (uncredited)
Didier Haudepin ...
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Richard Hendry ...
Trade Unionist (uncredited)
Maurice Jacquemont ...
Priest (uncredited)
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Suzanne (uncredited)
Christine Pascal ...
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Guardian (uncredited)
Philippe Sarde ...
Pianist (uncredited)
Henri Vart ...
Traveler (uncredited)
Catherine Verlor ...
Francine (uncredited)

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Bertrand Tavernier

Written by

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Jean Aurenche ... (written by) &
Bertrand Tavernier ... (written by)
 
Jean Aurenche ... (original story) &
Pierre Bost ... (original story)

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Ralph Baum ... executive producer
Raymond Danon ... producer

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Philippe Sarde

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Pierre-William Glenn

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Armand Psenny

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Ariane Boeglin ... assistant editor
Brigitte Grynblat ... assistant editor: intern

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Antoine Roman ... (as Antoine Romans)

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Jacqueline Moreau

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Marc Blanchard ... hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen ... makeup artist

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René Brun ... unit manager
André Hoss ... production manager
Alex Maineri ... unit manager

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Caroline Huppert ... second assistant director
Claude Othnin-Girard ... first assistant director (as Claude Othin Girard)

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Louis Boussaroque ... set designer: outdoor

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Alain David ... sound assistant
Michel Desrois ... sound
Maurice Gilbert ... sound mixer

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Richard Andry ... camera operator
Albert Bonomi ... key grip
Etienne George ... still photographer (as Etienne Georges)
Jean-Francis Gondre ... assistant cinematographer
Rene Rochera ... gaffer
Jean-Claude Vicquery ... camera operator

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Yvette Bonnay ... costumer

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Jean-Roger Caussimon ... composer: original songs
William Flageollet ... music engineer
Hubert Rostaing ... musical director
Philippe Sarde ... composer: original songs

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Nicole Cateux ... administrator
Henri Garet ... researcher
Alice Ziller ... script girl

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Judge and the Assassin (World-wide, English title)
  • El juez y el asesino (Spain)
  • A bíró és a gyilkos (Hungary)
  • Der Richter und der Mörder (West Germany)
  • O Juiz e o Assassino (Brazil)
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Scenes Under the Midnight Sun (1987). See more »
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