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The Outside Man (1972)

Un homme est mort (original title)
PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | January 1973 (USA)
After fulfilling a contract killing in Los Angeles, a French hit man becomes the target of a hit himself and tries to flee back to Paris.

Director:

Jacques Deray

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (screenplay), Jacques Deray (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Lucien Bellon
Ann-Margret ... Nancy Robson
Roy Scheider ... Lenny
Angie Dickinson ... Jackie Kovacs
Georgia Engel ... Mrs. Barnes
Felice Orlandi ... Anderson
Carlo De Mejo ... Karl
Michel Constantin ... Antoine
Umberto Orsini ... Alex
Carmen Argenziano ... Second Hawk
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani ... Butler
Ted de Corsia ... Victor
Edward Greenberg Edward Greenberg ... Hitchhiker
Philippa Harris Philippa Harris ... Salesgirl
Jackie Earle Haley ... Eric
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Storyline

French hitman Bellon (Trintignant) has been hired by mobsters to kill Victor, a rival mobster. Bellon travels to Victor's home in Los Angeles and shoots him. When Bellon tries to flee the country, he discovers that his passport and luggage have been stolen, and that another hit man named Lenny (Scheider) has been hired to kill him. Written by Strelnikoff

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If you kill the most powerful man in organized crime, they've got the rest of your life to get you.


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Trivia

That same year, Roy Scheider and Jean-Louis Trintignant also appeared in The Assassination (1972). See more »

Goofs

When the young cab driver is killed at home, he first receives the shot and then waits one second to be thrown on the floor, as if he hesitated to do it. See more »

Alternate Versions

An "X" Rated addition used for European release contains 10 additional minutes, most notably in the scene where Jean Louis Trintignant meets Ann Margret at the downtown LA nightclub. The European version contains full frontal nudity throughout the scene. This "X" rated version screened in Los Angeles at the American Cinematheque in 1998 and was mistakenly screened as the "PG" version on Showtime Networks in 2001. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Outside Man
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Charles Burr
Sung by Joe Morton
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A Potential Cult Classic
3 September 2001 | by rwintSee all my reviews

Very low key actioner with sprinkles of offbeat humor. French hit man does a job only to find the roles are reversed and he is now the target of another hit man. Trintignant is well cast as a man not only confused with his unusual predicament, but also with southern California culture. There's been many, many films done in Los Angeles, but the excellent location shooting seems to show you a whole new city. Although the film stays very true to it's unique form the downbeat ending could've and should've been avoided. Georgia Engle is a delight as a dumb housewife.


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Country:

France | Italy | USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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