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The Strangler (1970)

L'étrangleur (original title)
Unhappy women are being murdered by Emile (Jacques Perrin), a psychotic young man suffering from the delusion that his acts are mercy killings. The detective (Julien Guiomar) assigned to ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Vecchiali

Writers:

Paul Vecchiali (screenplay), Paul Vecchiali (story)
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Jacques Perrin ... Émile
Julien Guiomar ... L'inspecteur Simon Dangret
Eva Simonet Eva Simonet ... Anna Carré
Paul Barge Paul Barge ... 'Le Chacal'
Jacqueline Danno Jacqueline Danno ... Monique
Katia Cavaignac Katia Cavaignac ... Florence (as Katia Cavagnac)
Jean-Pierre Miquel Jean-Pierre Miquel ... Le commissaire principal
Hélène Surgère ... Hélène, l'actrice esseulée
Sonia Saviange ... La femme en soie
Nicole Courcel ... Claire, la prostituée
Paule Annen Paule Annen ... Mme Élisabeth
Andrée Tainsy Andrée Tainsy ... Mme Jeanne, la patronne du bar restaurant
Stéphane de Verchère Stéphane de Verchère
Jean-Pierre de Verchère Jean-Pierre de Verchère
Germaine de France Germaine de France
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Unhappy women are being murdered by Emile (Jacques Perrin), a psychotic young man suffering from the delusion that his acts are mercy killings. The detective (Julien Guiomar) assigned to track down the killer resorts to seriously unorthodox and even unethical methods to get his man. In one instance, he impersonates a psychologist on a TV show he and Emile appear on together and attempts to provoke Emile into revealing himself. Written by Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Crime | Drama

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Follow me quietly
7 March 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A weird one.Nothing like this had been done before,and it has never been imitated since.Only Richard Fleicher's movies ("Follow me quietly" ,"the Boston strangler" and "10 Rillington Place") have something (very vaguely) similar.

It is a film actor Jacques Perrin undoubtedly made as an act of self-renewal.At the time ,he was probably sick and tired of the nice characters he played: the nice journalist in "Z" ,the nice sailor in "Les Demoiselles DE Rochefort" and the very same year as "L'Etrangleur" ,Prince Charming in "Peau D'Ane" (aka "Donkey Skin")! Playing a fairy tale prince and a strangler the one after the other was quite a feat for an actor!

Perrin was an amazing choice anyway:his boyish look was not generally scary.Because if you are looking for a horror movie,you have to move on. The strangler has developed "happiness sickness" and he kills only women who "look " unhappy,to help them.Why not men?,he's asked .He answers that he has never met a man with a miserable face in the dark streets of the town .A cop (who has just resigned ?) gets in touch with him and discovers he is followed by "the jackal" a man who steals money and jewels from the dead bodies.

It's a movie easy to admire but difficult to like.As for me,I like Fleischer's works best and in spite of its great qualities,it leaves me unconcerned .


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 September 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Würger mit dem weißen Schal See more »

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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