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The Probability Factor

The Probability Factor

A Feature film by Gérard Pirès

Produced by Lira Films

Release in France : 07/04/1976

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Actors (22)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Lira Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

Foreign production company :

Produzioni Atlas Consorziate (PAC)

French distribution :

Les Films Imperia

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In this black comedy, Fred (Jean-Louis Trintingnant) works for an insurance company as a computer engineer. Fred is bored with enduring the trials of his shrewish wife, so, after using actuarial tables to calculate the most common means of death, he cleverly prepares the family bathroom and brings about her demise. For a while he is content with his new freedom, but then he recognizes that a friend is in a similar situation. However, he is interested in the man's wife, so with her cooperation, it is his friend who dies. After he moves in with the new widow and his other girlfriend, the two women decide that he is much too dangerous to have around, so they calculate a fitting end for him.

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Full credits (15)

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jean-Patrick Manchette, Gérard Pirès

Author of original work :

Walter Kempley

Screenwriters :

Jean-Patrick Manchette, Gérard Pirès

Sound Recordist :

Guy Rophé

Camera Operator :

Bernard Noisette

Editor :

Jacques Witta

Music Composer :

Claude Bolling

Sound Mixer :

Jean Nény

Dialogue Writer :

Jean-Patrick Manchette

Producers :

Raymond Danon, Jean Bolvary, Roland Girard

Director of Photography :

Michael Seresin

Assistant Operators :

Philippe Welt, Jean-Pierre Aliphat

Production managers :

Ralph Baum, Michel Zemer

Continuity supervisor :

Laurence Duval-Annaud

Costume designer :

Christian Aujard

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Drama, Black comedy

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Coproducer countries :

Italy, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Italy, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 30 min

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