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The Corrupt (1963)

Symphonie pour un massacre (original title)
Five men collaborate to buy drugs, but one steals the money and all the rest are killed as they make mistakes.

Director:

Jacques Deray
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michel Auclair ... Clavet
Claude Dauphin ... Valoti
José Giovanni José Giovanni ... Moreau
Charles Vanel ... Paoli
Jean Rochefort ... Jabeke
Michèle Mercier ... Madeleine Clavet
Daniela Rocca ... Hélène Valoti
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Cerval
Jean Degrave Jean Degrave
Maurice Garrel
Billy Kearns Billy Kearns ... Un client américain
Pierre Mirat Pierre Mirat
Marcello Pagliero Marcello Pagliero
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Five men collaborate to buy drugs, but one steals the money and all the rest are killed as they make mistakes.

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How to Acquire a Half Million Dollars By a Few Simple Motions That Almost Anyone Can Do

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Symphony for a Massacre See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

At first entitled 'Les Mystifiés' ("The mystified") just like the novel it was based on, the film was released under a new title in an effort to capitalize on the tremendous success of Henri Verneuil's 'Mélodie en sous-sol' (1963) by using a similar musical metaphor. See more »

Connections

Remade as Johnny Gaddaar (2007) See more »

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kill again and again and ...

At last, we can see the third Jacques Deray movie, another interesting french film noir : fine script by José Giovanni, Claude Sautet (in his noir period) and Deray, strong dark cinematography by Claude Renoir in Paris and other towns and great casting (Rochefort, Vanel, Auclair, Dauphin, Mercier, Rocca, ...).

But there are two points that bother me. First, Rochefort doesn't look enough nasty to me. Second, the movie lacks in nervosity, some shots are real slow. But it's personnal opinion, otherwise it's a fine entertainment and it's great to discover an invisible french film noir in glorious black and white from the beginning of the 60's.


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