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The Beast Is Loose / The Tiger Attacks

The Beast Is Loose / The Tiger Attacks

A Feature film by Maurice Labro

Produced by Cinéphonic

Release in France : 21/01/1959

    Synopsis

    Paul Lamiani, an ex-gangster who has become a hero of the Resistance, has now settled down (so he thinks) for a quiet life with his family in the restaurant business. But the French secret service need him for one more mission, and when he refuses, they frame him and set up his escape from the police. It turns out his assignment is to spy on an old wartime buddy who may be trading in secret documents, and Lamiani is soon caught between his loyalty to a friend, the secret service who expect him to complete his mission, and the ruthless gang who want the documents at all costs. Add to the mix a two-timing blonde (Estella Blain) and you're in business...

    Source : IMDb

    Actors (21)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Cinéphonic

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Lumière International

    Associate producer :

    Les Productions Elan

    French distribution :

    Gaumont

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    Point of view

    This is a very effective French spy thriller set in the underworld milieu of "Touchez pas au grisbi", where a code of honour can mean more than a handful of cash. Lino Ventura plays an ex-gangster who became a hero of the Resistance and who's now settled down (so he thinks) for a quiet life with his family in the restaurant business. But the French secret service need him for one more mission, and when he refuses they frame him and set up his escape from the police (the "good guys" in this movie are almost as underhand and contemptible in their methods as the gangsters).

    It turns out his assignment is to spy on an old wartime buddy who may be trading in secret documents, so pretty soon he's caught between his loyalty to a friend, the secret service who expect him to complete his mission, and the ruthless gang who want the documents at all costs. Add to the mix a two-timing blonde (Estella Blain) and you're in business...

    The fast pace of the story and the physicality of Ventura's performance (he was a former boxer) give the film a great sense of energy. Even when he isn't punching his way through a roomful of armed thugs, Ventura is like a coiled spring, and it's hard to take your eyes off him (sensibly, the scenes where he's off-screen are kept to a minimum). In many of his subsequent movies, Ventura's physical power is implied rather than directly shown; here, it's all on the screen, and when his family is threatened the full meaning of the title "The Beast Is Loose" becomes apparent...

    Source : IMDb

    Full credits (13)

    Assistant directors :

    Pierre Granier-Deferre, Claude Sautet

    Dialogue Writers :

    Jean Redon, Frédéric Dard

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Petit

    Production Manager :

    André Deroual

    Continuity supervisor :

    Marcelle Hochet

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Paul Coutan-Laboureur

    Location Manager :

    Jacques Pignier

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Frédéric Dard, Claude Sautet, François Chavane

    Screenwriter :

    Claude Sautet

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean Labussière

    Editor :

    Germaine Lamy

    Music Composer :

    Georges Van Parys

    Still Photographer :

    Jean Magis

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Film noir

    Themes :

    Espionage

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1958

    French release :

    21/01/1959

    Runtime :

    1 h 38 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    21058

    Visa issue date :

    13/01/1959

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Audio format :

    Mono