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The Old Gun (1975)

Le vieux fusil (original title)
During World War II, a peaceful French surgeon is forced to ruthlessly exterminate the Nazis because of their atrocities.

Director:

Robert Enrico
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Julien Dandieu
Romy Schneider ... Clara Dandieu
Jean Bouise ... François
Joachim Hansen ... L'officier S.S.
Robert Hoffmann ... Le lieutenant
Karl Michael Vogler ... Docteur Müller
Caroline Bonhomme Caroline Bonhomme ... Florence Dandieu (8 years)
Catherine Delaporte Catherine Delaporte ... Florence Dandieu (13 years)
Madeleine Ozeray ... Julien's Mother
Daniel Breton Daniel Breton
Jean-Paul Cisife Jean-Paul Cisife ... Le chef milicien
Antoine Saint-John ... German soldier killed in the kitchen
Maurice Bes Maurice Bes
Bernard Bireaud Bernard Bireaud
Jean Le Boulbar Jean Le Boulbar
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Storyline

In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in the back country village where Julien has an old castle. One week later, Julien decided to meet then for the week end, but the Germans are already occupying the village. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

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Nobody ever dies. Not your wife. Not your child. Not as long as you can keep on loving...and killing. See more »

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Trivia

Lino Ventura was asked to have Philippe Noiret's character but Ventura refused because it was too violent for him. See more »

Goofs

Close to the end, when Julien burned the whole room together with the SS Officer, a crew member with fire extinguisher can be seen on the right side of the scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was changed to show German soldiers in a less inhuman way. Some scenes were deleted, others were substituted. The East German version was unchanged. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Man Bites Dog (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Clara 1939
Written and Performed by François de Roubaix Et Orchestre
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@writers_reign
10 May 2010 | by vrappSee all my reviews

> This is where we may wonder why it has taken so much to rouse this peaceful man;

Everybody has his own threshold of awakening; and this film is actually the story of awakening - this is why the whole first part showing his peaceful life, even during the war, up until he is led to his threshold, and so the contrast between that and merciful killer that he becomes, becomes even more powerful.

> The next question we find ourselves asking is why he is content to go up against men armed with pistols, rifles,machine guns, grenades and flame-throwers with only a shotgun rather than picking off one man and appropriating his weaponry.

The best weapon is the weapon you are used to, the weapon you trust. Plus, this old gun together with the old castle and their old owner, become one collective weapon against the invaders. Not wise to take one piece out.


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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

22 August 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Vengeance One by One See more »

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$2,225
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1.85 : 1
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