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Deadly Circuit (1983)

Mortelle randonnée (original title)
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A P.I. is obsessed with a cute woman, who seduces and kills rich men around W. Europe.


Claude Miller


Marc Behm (novel), Michel Audiard (scenario) | 3 more credits »
6 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
  • 12 Ländler op.171

Composed by Franz Schubert
Soprano Anne Forez
Piano Guy Printemps
Clarinette Maurice Gabai
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A ride into a sleepwalker's dream, and more.
30 January 2005 | by piecroSee all my reviews

Behind his front of overflowing bitterness and cynicism, private eye Louis Beauvoir (Serrault), nicknamed L'Oeil, is deeply missing of a child to protect and cheer, while he is tracking down a serial killer, Catherine Leiris (The iris)(Adjani).

The followed young woman will be just half-real, she'll be rather like the private eye dreams her.

Like a picture of innocence in his memory, she should stay untouched and untouchable, so he will involve himself in her flight. Through his eyes and ears, she is a mythomaniac orphan, she has misbehaved, she considers herself as garbage, but she wants fondness, getting a substitutive father's attention by murdering men and women who get too close to her.

The dream can last as long as the soliloquizing self-designated father can stay in tune with his substitute daughter, despite awakening bodies on their road, every bodies that did not have sleepwalker's stare and beat.

We, as viewers, wish the great encounter and the forgiveness. We dream. We are willing to roam.

A long time after we are supposed to be awake and down to earth, we are still humming the main musical theme, or La Paloma, or Schubert's lieder, who all played in the movie.

Mortelle randonnée is an ambiguous and dark fairy tale for adults, sprinkled with bridges and winks. After many viewing, there is still to explore and enjoy in Mortelle randonnée, at least in the version I saw (118 min.).

Mortelle randonnée is only a movie, not somebody. A movie does not think it is good. Only people can think Mortelle randonnée is good, or think it is not. It is a matter of taste. Critics who attribute thoughts or claims to movies, instead of ascribing them to film-makers or critics, should perhaps visit a psychiatrist.

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9 March 1983 (France) See more »

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Deadly Circuit See more »

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1.66 : 1
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