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Espion, lève-toi (1982)

Sébastien Grenier,a secret agent eliminates all his rivals in order to decipher who has killed some of his associates.

Director:

Yves Boisset

Writers:

George Markstein (novel), Michel Audiard (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Sébastien Grenier
Michel Piccoli ... Jean-Paul Chance
Bruno Cremer ... Richard
Bernard Fresson ... Henri Marchand
Marc Mazza Marc Mazza ... Ramos Bavila
Roger Jendly Roger Jendly ... Le commissaire Lohmann
Heinz Bennent ... Meyer
Krystyna Janda ... Anna Gretz
Beate Kopp Beate Kopp ... La secrétaire de Grenier
Christian Baltauss Christian Baltauss ... Le bibliothécaire
Kurt Bigger Kurt Bigger ... Alfred Zimmer
Jean-Paul Franky Jean-Paul Franky ... Rudy la blonde
Yves Boisset ... L'adjoint de Richard
Daniel Plancherel Daniel Plancherel ... L'inspecteur Vogel
Philippe Brizard Philippe Brizard ... Le collaborateur de Grenier
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Sébastien Grenier,a secret agent eliminates all his rivals in order to decipher who has killed some of his associates.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

27 January 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alzati spia See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

All long the shooting, every member of the crew - technicians, screen player and actors - ignored how the film was about to end, nor who was the real evil character of the movie. See more »

Goofs

Several times throughout the movie a voice over states location and time the following events will take place. On the arrival of a train in Zurich central train station, it says 14h25 (2.25 pm) but two, perfectly visible railway station clocks show that it's in fact 11.43 am. See more »

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Splendid Spy Thriller
19 January 2006 | by Artemis-9See all my reviews

I caught this film on a hotel room TV set, just when I was going to bed. A look at Lino Ventura made me stay just for a few minutes - and finally I set on to the dramatic, dark end. Looking at my watch I noticed that I must have started watching the film just after the early credits.

This capacity of keeping even a tired spectator awake is a trade mark of director Yves Boisset, with an easy to follow storyline told so that it is new, or old seen through interesting new angles. The ambiance is luxurious Switzerland and French intelligence headquarters, or college's libraries - for spying is done not only by your common 007-type of agent, but by people "above all suspicion".

Ventura plays a retired agent living a peaceful life with a younger, loving German woman, who's teaching in France, when he is called into active service again - very much against his will. When he finally starts suspecting all people around him - minus those who fall dead after he makes the first moves into knowledge... - it will be too late. Too late to avoid discovering the unthinkable truth, and too late to get back to his peaceful retirement.

The dark end may not please all viewers, but it is actually a signal of the times the movie was made - and now that you are a quarter of a century past that, you may notice that it was a forewarning against the all encompassing spying and intruding on people's lives from those people up there who are "above all suspicion"!


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