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Dog Day (1984)

Canicule (original title)
A fugitive on the run from the law and carrying several million dollars hides out in the house of a farm family. The tables turn when the family turns out to be even more criminally ... See full summary »

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Yves Boisset

Writers:

Jean Herman (novel) (as Jean Vautrin), Jean Herman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Jimmy Cobb
Miou-Miou ... Jessica
Jean Carmet ... Socrate
Victor Lanoux ... Horace
David Bennent ... Chim
Bernadette Lafont ... Ségolène
Grâce de Capitani Grâce de Capitani ... Lily (as Grace De Capitani)
Tina Louise ... Noémie Blue
Muni ... Gusta
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Le Barrec
Juliette Mills ... Maggy
Julien Bukowski Julien Bukowski ... Rojinski
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Julio
Joseph Momo Joseph Momo ... Doudou Cadillac
Henri Guybet ... Marceau
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A fugitive on the run from the law and carrying several million dollars hides out in the house of a farm family. The tables turn when the family turns out to be even more criminally oriented than he is, and begins to terrorize him instead of the other way around. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

11 January 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Day See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After the shooting of the movie, Lee Marvin got heavily drunk and smashed a policeman's face in the streets of Orléans. But he finally apologized to the cop by bringing many flowers to his hospital room. See more »

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Bonkers but oddly moving
8 May 2005 | by marekj66See all my reviews

Canicule or Dog day is completely bonkers. It is a cartoon really, but a pretty violent and ludicrous one. Lee Marvin in one of his final roles is not given enough screen time, only at the climax of the film is he terrific, really giving his all as the dying gangster (he was probably ill himself then). In the rest of the film he looks on in disbelief and looks like he would rather be elsewhere. There is a lot of 'business' going on inside the farm which is not worth going into and much of the film would be seen a French Farce or as being like 'Carry on' or 'Benny Hill'- if it was not so violent or just plain nasty in its depiction and abuse of its characters.

The film is violent towards women and negative about humans and sexuality in general. The film collapses into the absurd as the body count mounts up as the crazy inhabitants of the farm, police and nearby innocents are all brutally wiped out and the best remaining parts are between the small boy in his surreal 'boat' shaped den and the great Marvin. Ne actor has looked this dislocated from a film since Terence Stamp in 'Theorem'. Lee Marvin was a great actor, but this film is not worthy of him and is only worth a look if you want to see Marvin in this piece of weird French surrealism.


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