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Malevil (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 13 May 1981 (France)
A group of ordinary French survived a nuclear war and found themselves in the face of what was left of civilization.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Emmanuel Comte
Jacques Dutronc ... Colin
Jacques Villeret ... Momo
Robert Dhéry ... Peyssou
Hanns Zischler ... Le vétérinaire (as Hans Zischler)
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Fulbert
Pénélope Palmer ... Evelyne
Emilie Lihou Emilie Lihou ... La Menou (as Émilie Lihou)
Jacqueline Parent Jacqueline Parent ... Cathy
Guy Saint-Jean Guy Saint-Jean ... Un 'gendarme'
Marianik Revillon Marianik Revillon ... Emma
Béatrice Houplain Béatrice Houplain
Reine Bartève Reine Bartève ... Judith (as Reine Barteve)
Eduard Linkers ... Fabrelatre
Marianne Wischmann ... Madame Tingal


In southern France, in a quite little town, the mayor, who also owns a castle with some cattle, is in the wine cellar with some other people: the pharmacist, the veterinary, and some of his employees. As they are drinking wine, they hear a terrible noise and the heat's getting higher and higher. They don't realize what's happening: when they come out of the cellar, they realize that everything has burned, and all the buildings are destroyed... Written by Anonymous

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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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Nice plot, sweaty filming
28 April 2014 | by viscaoccitaniaSee all my reviews

I'm a lifelong and ardent fan of Robert Merle, the writer who thought up Malevil, genre close to "Les Hommes Protégés" when he wasn't writing his historical classic saga "Fortune de France". The story I used to read many times over is something I was always curious about how they'd put it on celluloid... khmmm... coulda been far better... I think the main problem is that it lacks any real background to the main characters, their 'previos life' their place in the micro-society of the typical rural France countryside.

A spicy choice of brilliant actors (Trintignant as Fulbert, Serrault the Squire and Villeret as Momo) should've been given MUCH more credit than this. I just don't know why this movie went awry - looooong, boring and leaving holes unanswered in the story - maybe it was only intended to be a cheapo TV-film, poorly budgeted variant. If you see the movie first you'll never want to read the book, if you read the book first you'd be disappointed by the movie.

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13 May 1981 (France) See more »

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Malevil - Die Bombe ist gefallen See more »

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2.35 : 1
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