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The Crimson Rivers (2000)

Les rivières pourpres (original title)
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A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college.

Director:

Mathieu Kassovitz

Writers:

Jean-Christophe Grangé (novel), Jean-Christophe Grangé (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Pierre Niemans
Vincent Cassel ... Max Kerkerian
Nadia Farès ... Fanny Ferreira / Judith Herault (as Nadia Fares)
Dominique Sanda ... Sister Andrée
Karim Belkhadra ... Captain Dahmane
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Dr. Bernard Chernezé
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... The Dean
François Levantal François Levantal ... Pathologist
Francine Bergé Francine Bergé ... Headmistress
Philippe Nahon ... Man at Petrol Station
Laurent Lafitte ... Hubert, the Dean's Son
Robert Gendreu Robert Gendreu ... Cemetery Warden
Christophe Bernard Christophe Bernard ... Skinhead #1
Nicky Naudé ... Skinhead #2 (as Nicky Naude)
Tonio Descanvelle Tonio Descanvelle ... Sarzac Policeman #1
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Storyline

Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley, to investigate the murder on 32-year old professor and librarian Rémy Caillois, whose corpse was found 50 meters high on a steep mountain side, naked, horribly covered in bruises and bleeding wounds, the result of some five hours of bestial torture including quasi-surgical amputation of hands cauterized to prevent bleeding to death- and eyes. Guernon is a closed society of virtually incestuous scientists, de facto succeeding to their parents' posts; the eye-doctor, formerly on the staff, says hereditary genetic diseases are the price of such elitism, but in recent years spread to the simple farming families. Inspector Max Kerkerian examines two crimes in the town: a school break-in with theft of old photos and archive papers as well as a graveyard desecration of Judith Herault, the daughter of local nun Andrée, who lives in a dark cell since 15 ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Evil rises to new heights.


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Rated R for violence/grisly images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 September 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crimson Rivers See more »

Filming Locations:

Albertville, Savoie, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$286,495, 9 February 2001

Gross USA:

$632,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,132,548
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The dead body in the morgue - made out of latex - is formed after Nadia Farès' fitness trainer. See more »

Goofs

About 25 minutes into the movie, when Pierre takes a long walk to the Library/Dean's Office, two joggers in university sweatshirts pass him. A few seconds later, the same two joggers emerge from a building about 50 meters away and run towards him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Dahmane: We'll touch base in two hours.
Policeman: Which way do we go?
Captain Dahmane: There. Okay? See you later, guys.
[looks at Niemans]
Captain Dahmane: Can I help you?
Pierre Niemans: Got a light?
Captain Dahmane: Who let you through?
Pierre Niemans: Your men. Commissioner Pierre Niemans.
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Soundtracks

Virtual Skinfighters
Composed and Performed by David Salsedo, Stéphane Daurs (as Stephane Daurs)
[Performed by] Silmarils
(c) 2000 Editions Musicales Editions La Marguerite - Legende Enterprises
(p) 2000 Production Legende Enterprises - Gaumont
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I'm talking about Demons, and you talk to me about the police?
26 July 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Mathieu Kassovitz's film featuring the incomparable Jean Reno (The Professional) and Vincent Cassel (Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen) is a thrill ride that never stops.

The French countryside with the spooky houses is a feast for the eyes. Thierry Arbogast's (The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc) camera made this entire film a joy to watch. The scenery was complimented by the music of Bruno Coulais (The Chorus).

But, it was Jean Reno that brought me to this film. His Commissioner Niemans was just what I expected from him. He has a way that makes the perfect cop. That is not to dismiss Callel's Lieutenant Kerkerian, who was a perfect partner.

The story was definitely creepy with some graphic scenes of tortured bodies, but it was not off putting. It was essential to the story, which really had some extremely interesting twists and turns.

Niemans and Kerkerian prevail, of course, but it was the journey that was so satisfying.


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