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Deadly Circuit (1983)

Mortelle randonnée (original title)
Beauvoir, lonely, aging private detective, is put on the bloody track of beautiful Catherine Leiris who kills and robs her rich husband(s) on their wedding night. Although he never ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

Marc Behm (novel), Michel Audiard (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Beauvoir, The 'Eye'
Isabelle Adjani ... Catherine Leiris / Lucie Brentano - 'Marie'
Guy Marchand ... L'homme pâle / The pale man
Stéphane Audran ... The grey lady
Macha Méril ... Madeleine
Geneviève Page ... Mme Schmidt-Boulanger
Sami Frey ... Ralph Forbes
Dominique Frot ... Betty
Patrick Bouchitey ... Michel de Meyerganz
Isabelle Ho Isabelle Ho ... Cora Palenbrg
François Bernheim François Bernheim ... Jerry
Gilberte Lauvray Gilberte Lauvray ... La curiste
Michel Such Michel Such ... L'homme à l'attaché case / The fat man
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Voragine
Paul Anrieu Paul Anrieu
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Beauvoir, lonely, aging private detective, is put on the bloody track of beautiful Catherine Leiris who kills and robs her rich husband(s) on their wedding night. Although he never approaches her directly, he follows her and increasingly feels to be telepathically connected to her, because she reminds him of his daughter he never met. After he led a blind artist, Catherine's truly beloved spouse, into a bus accident, she makes a living by bank robbery with young Betty till Betty gets shot. Alone again, Catherine leads a sad, uneventful life as a waitress, when she meets her follower. Written by Knut Behrends <knut.behrends@wirtschaft.tu-chemnitz.de>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 March 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Circuit See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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120 min vs 95 min... what a waste.
3 May 2006 | by tinomeSee all my reviews

Mortelle Randonnée is arguably one of France's best noir ever. And one of Isabelle Adjani's brightest hour. You unfortunately have to understand french to fully appreciate Michel Audiard's brilliant, darkly humorous dialogs (and especially Serreault's monologues). Claude Miller's direction is at once classy and precise (very similar to his work on L'Accompagnatrice), while Pierre Lhomme's cinematography is lush when needed, gritty when necessary (mainly during the last third). I read a few bad reviews here and there and I must add, and I know I'm not the first, that the States version, not only the recent DVD but also the TV version and the old VHS, well, has always been the truncated, 95 min. cut. Now, the movie showed everywhere else in the world runs 120 min. sharp. Think about it: it doesn't only mean that almost quarter of the movie is absent, it also means that the editing, fatally, is different, so is the rhythm, the feel, the movie altogether. I saw the DVD and frankly, while the transfer's OK, it doesn't make much of an impression, but then again, think that almost half an hour's gone. I never understood that thing with American distributors and foreign films, as if American moviegoers needed shorter, tighter movies so it won't be too much of a shock. That's ridiculous. Any moviegoer, American or whatever, that goes to the theater and buys a ticket for an Adjani/Serreault movie is obviously not looking for The Rock or Paul Walker. Well, that's what I think anyway. The rating, of course, applies to the official 120 min. version. If you have a chance to see it, don't miss it. A real gem.


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