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Garde à vue (1981)

A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours.

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

John Wainwright (novel), Claude Miller | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 September 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grilling See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The novel was discovered by Michel Audiard who suggested its adaptation to Ariane Films. In their turn, Dancigers and Mnouchkine offered the direction to Claude Miller. See more »


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Chantal Et Camille
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Excellent performances, weak plot.
17 March 2004 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

Though the story is essentially routine, and the "surprise" ending is nothing but a bad joke on the audience, you can see what attracted these good actors to the project - it offers them the kind of roles in which good actors can shine, and shine they do. The film is impeccably made - for its time. It was remade in 2000 as "Under Suspicion" and if you only want to see one version of the story (that's all it deserves, really), I recommend the latter one, with Hopkins' up-to-date direction and the more explicit references to plot points that the original could only hint at. The ending, however, still blows. (**1/2)


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