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3 hommes à abattre (1980)

A man is pursued by killers after helping someone at a car crash.


Jacques Deray


Jean-Patrick Manchette (novel), Alain Delon (adaptation) (as A. Delon) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Michel Gerfaut
Dalila Di Lazzaro ... Béa
Michel Auclair ... Leprince
Pascale Roberts ... Mme Borel
Lyne Chardonnet Lyne Chardonnet ... L'infirmière au dossier
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Chocard
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Gassowitz
François Perrot ... Etienne Germer
André Falcon André Falcon ... Jacques Mouzon
Féodor Atkine ... Leblanc
Yvan Tanguy Yvan Tanguy
Peter Bonke Peter Bonke ... Bastien
Daniel Breton Daniel Breton ... Carlo
Christian Barbier Christian Barbier ... Liethard
Simone Renant ... Mme. Gerfaut


A man helps the victim of an auto accident, not realizing that the man has actually been shot. The men who shot him are now after the man who helped him, in order to eliminate him as a potential witness. Soon they are killing everyone he even comes in contact with in order to get him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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If you can over a look a plot that often makes no sense this is a pretty good thriller with one heck of a chase
4 August 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Odd French thriller starring Alain Delon about a man on the way to his weekly poker game who stops to help a man who crashed his car. Taking the man to the hospital he soon finds that people are trying to kill him for an unknown reason. What he soon learns is that the man in the car was assassinated and that he is being targeted to prevent him from talking in case the injured man said anything before reaching the hospital.

The film walks the fine line between being a tense believable thriller with the fear of being on a hit list for unknown reason, crashing into the unbelievable elements of the story (grand conspiracy, going after our hero despite never finding out if he knows anything, the trail of bodies that clearly points to his innocence, why are they worried about Delon and not the fact that people see the assassins and on and on). The film really works at times (including a great car chase) and at other times makes you shot at the screen in disbelief (who wrote came up with some of this?). Its frustrating because it should be great instead its just okay.

Worth a look so long as you don't let the internal inconsistencies get to you.

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Release Date:

31 October 1980 (France) See more »

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Three Men to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Trouville, Calvados, France See more »

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1.66 : 1
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