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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

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 ... 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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Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Horror

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Quotes

Auguste Dupin: [awakened while playing chess] Oh, dear!
[clears his throat and looks at the board]
Auguste Dupin: Did I miss that? Am I losing my concentration as well as everything else?
[laughs]
Claire Dupin: You were asleep, Father?
Auguste Dupin: That's no excuse for incompetence. I used to be able to sleep and think at the same time.
[laughs ironically and then adds introspectively]
Auguste Dupin: I was famous for it.
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All brawn and no brains - good actors miscast, poor direction, poor script
25 September 2008 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

When the basic story of a film is good, you naturally want to like it. But, sometimes, about half of the way through, you realize that it hasn't lived up to expectations. Edgar Allan Poe wrote a fantastic tale, no doubts there. But this film is sadly misguided.

Several factors contribute to this. First, David Epstein's screenplay effectively rips all the subtlety out of the source material. Second, director Jeannot Szwarc makes absolutely no attempt to film this in a way that takes advantage of its low budget and venue. Finally, the casting is utterly random. Accents and nationalities are thrown together with total abandon.

In spite of all that, some the cast members manage to put in good performances. George C. Scott (as Auguste Dupin) is really excellent, with great command of his dialogue. Naturally, he is miscast, but acts as if he is in a far better film. A very young Val Kilmer (as Phillipe) is good, but has almost nothing to work with. He too, is miscast, though the main reason I originally watched this. Ian McShane is certainly entertaining, but his character has no subtlety.

After the acting, there's little to say. The only quality the film has left it owes to its source material. This might have been acceptable for an original script, but as a badly adapted story, it is simply disappointing.

The editing seems haphazard at points, either that important scenes were removed, or never filmed. Dupin's realization of the culprit is never explained, nor the contents of his newspaper ad, or any of his deductive process for that matter. Phillipe's process of discovering Adolphe's unfaithfulness is also never explained.

Finally, the intelligence of the script dips considerably by the final scenes. I won't elaborate, but they have all the brains of a 1950s horror B movie. Really weak.

RATING: 6.2 out of 10


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