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The Old Gun (1975)

Le vieux fusil (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

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Robert Enrico
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Cast

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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Is a Love Worth Dying For...Is a Love Worth Killing For...? See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

22 August 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Old Gun See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by the Oradour tragedy. 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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One of the best French movie ever made
15 January 2016 | by JoDelpSee all my reviews

Moving, thrilling, upsetting, The Old Gun is a piece of art with beautiful performances. I love the pace, which adds to the suspense and helps the viewer empathize with the main character, played by Philippe Noiret who slowly becomes the people who he is chasing. Above all, a beautiful love story that take place at the wrong time and the wrong place. If you are interested in movies that star the icon Philippe Noiret, that most people would know from the Italian classic cinema Paradiso, then you should watch some of his earlier work like this French master piece. The scene that really defines this intense movie is when Philippe Noiret kills a German officer from the other side of a mirror. it's an example of how this film is a piece of pure cinema and the dialogue kept to a minimum.


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