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A Man to Kill (1967)

Un homme à abattre (original title)
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Barcelona, 1967. Hans Fromm, a German-born architect, lives an well-ordered everyday life. He has become the target of an antifascist death squad though. Indeed their leader, Julius, whose ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Condroyer

Writers:

Mariette Condroyer (screenplay), Mariette Condroyer (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Raphael
Valérie Lagrange ... Sandra
Luis Prendes ... Julius
Josep Maria Angelat Josep Maria Angelat ... Nils
Luis Padrós Luis Padrós ... Schmidt
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Georges
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Barcelona, 1967. Hans Fromm, a German-born architect, lives an well-ordered everyday life. He has become the target of an antifascist death squad though. Indeed their leader, Julius, whose brother was killed by Schmidt, a merciless S.S., believes, without being absolutely certain, that Fromm and Schmidt are the same man. The team, whose other members are Georges, the son of a deportee liquidated by Schmidt craving for action, Raphaël, a mercenary type, Nils, the photographer and Romain, watch Fromm's every move until Julius, convinced at last that the quiet German is their man, gives the green light for the operation. They manage to lure the former Nazi to an old house but Schmidt/Fromm won't let himself be captured so easily... Written by Guy Bellinger

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nazi | evil man | See All (2) »

Genres:

Thriller | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 November 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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original noir like thriller

Highly unusual and original noir like thriller directed by Philippe Condroyer and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant. For the director this would be more or less his only film, not so the young actor who even here is often acting with facial expression alone. This is a tight and compelling thriller set in late sixties Barcelona as a group of nazi chasers are trying to prove they have the right man under their surveillance. Indeed much of the first part of this film is seen in black and white as we too watch the surveillance footage as the man in their sites goes about his daily business. Much tension, much suspense and for what must have been a very low budget affair, a fascinating, realistic and involving drama. Despite the unusual concept and the effective dialogue, however, it is Trintignant who helps lift this film to what should be cult status but for some reason it remains little seen. If it had been set in Paris, perhaps instead of a drop and developing Spanish city. In any event a very worthwhile watch.


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