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This Man Must Die (1969)

Cast: Michel Duchaussoy, Michel Duchaussoy, Caroline Cellier, more...
Director: Claude Chabrol, Claude Chabrol
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Pathfinder Home Ent.
Genre: Foreign, France, Quest, Revenge
Running Time: 107 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Claude Chabrol directs the tense psychological thriller Que la BÍte Meure (This Man Must Die). When his young son is the victim of a hit-and-run car accident, writer Charles Thenier (Michel Duchaussoy) is determined to find the killer. Obsessed with avenging his son's death, he carefully records his thoughts in a diary. He travels to Paris and meets actress Helene Lanson (Caroline Cellier), who is a prime witness to the accident. After they start up a love affair, he discovers that the driver of the car was her brother-in-law, Paul Decourt (Jean Yanne). Paul also owns the auto repair shop that fixed up the car after the accident. Believing Paul is the killer, Charles befriends his son Phillipe Decourt (Marc Di Napoli). As it happens, Phillipe also wants Paul dead for his own reasons. Charles manages to get invited to the family's seaside home in Brittany in order to finally get his revenge, but things don't work out according to plan. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Le Barnaby Jones by notrust July 21, 2006 - 3:34 PM PDT
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If you like movies that are obsessed with revenge, here's another gem. This one's a quite dated 1970's French potboiler that sort of chugs along. Nothing spectacular or memorable. I never did connect with this movie, probably because of the overbearing revenge theme.

The script would have made a (relatively) good Barnaby Jones episode.




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