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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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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

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


Soundtracks

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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Esoterically beautiful
15 September 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Monsieur Hire" is a compelling and deep character study which tells of a reclusive and peculiarly enigmatic and antisocial man, the title character, who is a suspect in a murder investigation and who obsessively watches a beautiful young woman from across his apartment courtyard. A methodically plodding, plaintive, and somber film-making masterwork, "M. Hire" offers none of the big budget bennies and cheap tinsel and titillation of the usual Hollywood fare. Likely to be a love it or hate it flick, "M. Hire" should appeal most to Europic devotees and those into psychodramas and character studies. (B+)


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,980, 22 April 1990

Gross USA:

$1,417,030

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,417,030
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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