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The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986)

A detective comes out of retirement to help his daughter's fiance prove that he did not commit a series of murders.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), David Epstein (teleplay)
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Cast overview:
George C. Scott ... Auguste Dupin
Rebecca De Mornay ... Claire Dupin
Ian McShane ... Prefect of Police
Neil Dickson ... Adolphe Le Bon
Val Kilmer ... Phillipe Huron
Maud Rayer Maud Rayer ... Melle L'Espanaye
Maxence Mailfort Maxence Mailfort ... Inspector Alphonse
Fernand Guiot Fernand Guiot ... Dupar
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... The Sailor
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Sergeant Marcel
Erick Desmarestz Erick Desmarestz ... Inspector Bec
Yvette Petit Yvette Petit ... Laundress
Serge Ridoux Serge Ridoux ... Prison Guard
Mak Wilson ... Ape, performed by
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The mysterious and grisly murders of a mother and daughter leave police investigators puzzled. Few clues were left behind. The killer could not have fled via the windows as they were nailed shut. Nor was the killer observed leaving by neighbors. It seems the only person with the skills to solve the crime is Auguste Dupin, who has been released from the police department by the new prefect. After much persuasion from his daughter, whose fiance is charged with the crime, Dupin begins to investigate the case on his own, and puts together quite an interesting scenario in solving the crime. Written by Sooz <sumaree@inetnebr.com>

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Crime | Mystery | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morgue-utcai gyilkosság See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Auguste Dupin: Nothing comes before chess, my dear. Haven't I taught you anything?
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Version of The Bloody Ape (1997) See more »

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"Nothing comes before chess, my dear".
14 June 2014 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Edgar Allan Poe's story sees another adaptation in this 80s made-for-TV outing starring some names in George C Scott, Rebecca De Mornay and Val Kilmer. It's diverting, but very unexceptional and stagy in the details. In honesty it's the strong performances that really carry this one, especially a stalwart Scott and a headstrong De Mornay. How the cast worked of each other kept me glued. Some atmospherics are etched out nicely, with fitting period details of a turn of a century Paris and there's a dark, grim air lurking about. The deaths happen off screen, but there's something ghastly about them and that's mainly due to its effective use of sound. However the story is all about the investigation/mystery of two murdered women and it's somewhat stiff in its execution of it. Even with the script throwing around ideas, theories in its quest to uncover the motive of the puzzling deaths it just fared as a typical crime plot of outrageous circumstances. Still at least it didn't find itself getting distracted by certain sub-plots. Earnest entertainment.


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