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Monsieur Hire (1989)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Romance | June 1990 (USA)
A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writers:

Georges Simenon (novel), Patrice Leconte (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michel Blanc ... Monsieur Hire
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Alice
Luc Thuillier Luc Thuillier ... Emile
André Wilms ... L'inspecteur de police
Eric Bérenger Eric Bérenger ... Le gérant du bowling
Marielle Berthon Marielle Berthon ... Pierrette Bourgeois
Philippe Dormoy Philippe Dormoy ... François
Marie Gaydu Marie Gaydu ... La jeune fille du massage
Michel Morano Michel Morano ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Nora Noël Nora Noël ... La gardienne
Cristiana Réali ... L'adolescente au bowling (as Christina Reali)
Bernard Soufflet Bernard Soufflet ... Le tatoueur
André Bauduin André Bauduin ... Le consommateur de crèpes
Rozeen Landrevie Rozeen Landrevie ... La petite fille au bouquet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francis Baudet Francis Baudet ... Le locataire sur le palier
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Storyline

Monsieur Hire is a maladjusted, balding, middle-aged man living in France. He doesn't like to talk to people. A young woman is murdered and a police detective suspects M. Hire, just because his neighbors think he is strange. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,417,030
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the opening shot of the film, you can plainly see the stomach of the 'corpse' moving up and down. See more »

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Remake of Panique (1946) See more »

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Quatuor en Sol Mineur Op. 25 de Brahms
Music by Johannes Brahms (as Brahms)
Performed by Alexander Balanescu, Kate Musker, Tony Hinnigan, Michael Nyman
Edtions Musicales HACHETTE PREMIERE ET COMPAGNIE - KELLY MUSIC
Copyright © 1989
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Another Winner For Leconte
8 November 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Monsieur Hire

For a man who likes great cinematography, nice colors and a pretty female face, this film offers all of the above for me.

Director Patrice Leconte usually makes stylish movies and this is no exception. It's beautiful to view. So is Sandrine Bonnaire, the leading lady. I'll have to see what other films have her in them. There are numerous closeups of her in this movie. This French effort doesn't show much "skin," yet the film has an erotic appeal. That tells you something.

Michel Blanc, the male lead, plays a strange character but he's fascinating to watch, too.

To be honest, the film has its slow moments but it is mesmerizing at times, too. The story is interesting overall and aided by two surprise twists at the end.

I am perplexed and frustrated over why this film is not available on DVD on which this great photography could really be shown off.


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