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Un témoin dans la ville (1959)

Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by ... See full summary »

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Édouard Molinaro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Ancelin
Sandra Milo ... Liliane
Franco Fabrizi ... Lambert - le radio-taxi de nuit (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Pierre Verdier
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Le client du taxi italien
Robert Dalban ... Raymond - un chauffeur de taxi
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... Le loueur de voitures
Micheline Luccioni ... Germaine - une radio taxi
Ginette Pigeon Ginette Pigeon ... Muriel - la prostituée
Janine Darcey Janine Darcey ... La propriétaire de l'hôtel
Françoise Brion ... Jeanne Ancelin
Geneviève Cluny Geneviève Cluny ... La speakerine
Joëlle Janin Joëlle Janin ... Une standardiste
Nicole Alexandra Nicole Alexandra ... Une standardiste
Claire Nicole Claire Nicole ... Une standardiste
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Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by justice. He waits for him in his house and hangs him. He leaves the place unseen, at least this is what he thinks. But unfortunately for him, Lambert, a taxi driver has witnessed him. Ancelin has no option but to get rid of him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 May 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Witness in the City See more »

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Mono
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Finnish censorship visa register # 67370. See more »

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Referenced in 'El Chicko' - der Verdacht (1996) See more »

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Final Au Jardin D'Acclimatation
Written by Barney Wilen
Performed by Barney Wilen Quintet
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Taxi drivers.
13 June 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is really a minor work,but which retains a certain passé charm.The main asset of the movie is Henri Decae's cinematography ,as dazzling as usual.All the night scenes are impressive,the taxis gathering for the chase,the zoological garden with its nocturnal birds ,watching the fighting between the two men.

The screenplay is somewhat disappointing,coming for two writers of Boileau-Narcejac calibre(Vertigo,les diaboliques).There are few surprises,unexpected twists,the Boileau-Narcejac trademarks .The very first scene shows Hitchcock's influence ("shadow of a doubt").Lino Ventura is cast against type because he rarely plays the villains.

Perhaps which is to Molinaro's credit is his depiction of the taxi drivers.From their breakfast at dawn in the bistros where they enjoy coffee and croissants to the rooms where the operators send their messages to the drivers,these are charming vignettes of old Paris at the beginning of general De Gaulle mandate.

Edouard Molinaro's best film remains "la mort de Belle"(1963).His career is essentially commercial,the likes of "la cage aux folles" and "l'emmerdeur" (which was to become Billy Wilder's "buddy buddy").


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