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Le septième juré (1962)

In a moment of madness a respectable pharmacist kills a young woman who is sun-bathing by a lake. Unable to take in what he has done, he flees from the scene of the crime and behaves as if nothing has happened.

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Georges Lautner

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Francis Didelot (novel), Jacques Robert (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Blier ... Grégoire Duval pharmacien
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Geneviève Duval
Maurice Biraud ... Le docteur Hess - le vétérinaire
Jacques Riberolles Jacques Riberolles ... Sylvain Sautral - photographe et accusé
Albert Rémy ... Le commissaire de police
Francis Blanche ... Le procureur général
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Le juge d'instruction
Camille Guérini Camille Guérini ... Le président du tribunal
Yves Barsacq ... Maître Adreux - l'avocat de la défense
Catherine Le Couey Catherine Le Couey ... Mme. Souchon
Raymond Meunier Raymond Meunier ... Henri Souchon
Anne Doat ... Alice Moreux
Jean-Pierre Moutier Jean-Pierre Moutier ... Albert Testut
Madeleine Geoffroy Madeleine Geoffroy ... Mme Sevestrain
Françoise Giret Françoise Giret ... Catherine Nortier - la victime
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In a moment of madness a respectable pharmacist kills a young woman who is sun-bathing by a lake. Unable to take in what he has done, he flees from the scene of the crime and behaves as if nothing has happened.

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She was the victim...and he was...

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 April 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Seventh Juror See more »

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Orex Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.39 (1962) See more »

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Fine premise and fine actors with a wet paint coat of social commentary
20 August 2017 | by vostfSee all my reviews

I was curious to track down this movie for all the praise it got by IMDb reviewers. Some were so ecstatic as to rank it as a major directorial effort from journeyman Lautner. They were openly lamenting 'too bad he did not keep up with this kind of bravado'.

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King

I guess these movie buffs must be watching too many bad movies as they compete to review the long tail of IMDb's inventory. This sets their expectations pretty low. Sure 'Le septième juré' has a great cast lead by the magnificent Bernard Blier, although characters are more picturesque than deeply engaging, and its story-line is compelling.

The social commentary does hold it together, but honestly this is really not done masterfully here. Voice-over narration fast turns a nice movie into a verbose hack. All the more so when the voice-over delivers a bitter ironic social commentary. Actually this is very much a literary device: that is why I won't mistake Bernard Blier forceful performance with a directorial tour de force.

I may be forgetting a couple of details but frankly I cannot see where the direction lifts the script and the cast well above their raw potential. Rhythm, suspense, cast interaction (let alone real chemistry): all these rank pretty low here in my scale of expectations.

All in all this is an OK movie, worth watching if you're a fan of Blier (and of Maurice Biraud or Francis Blanche). Don't expect to much and you will be rewarded by the fine performances. Now personally I was much less impressed by Blier here than in Quai des Orfèvres (whose director's ability doesn't call for a lengthy debate) where he has less screen time.

I would rather recommend tracking down Non-coupable (1947) on a similar premise. In this one the work by director Henri Decoin is unmistakably excellent (rather than adequate, at best, in the Le septième juré). There the social commentary is actually blended in the story, not painted over it. And of course on the topic of a juror stepping in for a weak defence you always have the excellent Twelve Angry Men. Le septième juré is nowhere near half as good as any of those 3 movies by Clouzot, Decoin and Lumet, so if this is really the best Lautner could do, no wonder he never came close to acclaimed directors.


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