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The Grilling (1981)

Garde à vue (original title)
A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours.


Claude Miller


John Wainwright (novel), Claude Miller | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Lino Ventura ... Inspector Antoine Gallien
Michel Serrault ... Jerome / Charles / Emile Martinaud
Romy Schneider ... Chantal Martinaud
Guy Marchand ... Inspector Marcel Belmont
Didier Agostini Didier Agostini ... Young policeman
Patrick Depeyrrat Patrick Depeyrrat ... Policeman
Pierre Maguelon ... Adami
Annie Miller Annie Miller ... La mère de Camille
Serge Malik Serge Malik ... Le mécanicien
Jean-Claude Penchenat Jean-Claude Penchenat ... Divisional Commissioner
Yves Pignot Yves Pignot ... Policeman
Mathieu Schiffman Mathieu Schiffman ... Le fils Berthier
Michel Such Michel Such ... Jean-Marie Jabelain
Elsa Lunghini Elsa Lunghini ... Camille
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammed Bekireche Mohammed Bekireche ... Arab


Inspector Gallien is investigating the rape and murder of two little girls. The only suspect is attorney Jerome Martinaud, but the evidence against him is circumstantial. As the city celebrates New Year's Eve, Gallien calls Martinaud to his office and interrogates him for hour after hour while Martinaud continues to maintain his innocence. We learn all about the evidence; we meet Martinaud's wife and learn all about the rift between the two; but will we, and Gallien, finally learn whether Martinaud is guilty? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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"Under Suspicion", which was made in 2000, was a remake of "Garde à vue". It was directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starred Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Thomas Jane and Monica Bellucci. See more »


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Musique De La Pluie
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Vanished children, sad adults.
14 December 2003 | by piecroSee all my reviews

At the beginning of this movie, while credit titles are still running, you are immersed in an atmosphere that mix your feelings, with dark winter night, clapping rain on windows and a marvelous music (composed by Georges Delerue) which evoke merry-go-round, barrel organ and festive childhood.

And then the music stops and you enter in an austere police office for a questioning on the murder of two children.

No show off. No special effects. Dialogue.

And you discover how sad and lonesome adults can be sometimes in their games or duties.

Excellent movie.

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23 September 1981 (France) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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