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Highway Pick-Up

Highway Pick-Up

A Feature film by Julien Duvivier

Produced by Paris France Films, Pathé Production

Release in France : 13/11/1963

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Actors (16)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Paris France Films, Pathé Production

Film exports/foreign sales :

Lumière International

Foreign production company :

Pans-Interopa Film

French distribution :

Pathé Consortium Cinéma

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country


In this French crime drama, two safe-crackers are breaking into a safe when they are caught in the act by a guard. One of the crooks kills the guard and flees leaving his partner behind. The abandoned accomplice is captured and convicted. One year passes before the convict is able to escape from prison and set out to exact his revenge. As he flees, he becomes friends with a gas station owner married to a gold-digging ex-hooker. When the wife learns that the hero is a fugitive she blackmails him into cracking her husband's safe. Unfortunately, they are captured by the owner who is killed in the ensuing scuffle by his wife. The fugitive hero then buries the body. He refuses to open the safe. As fate would have it, the fugitive's ex-partner happens upon the scene, but he too will not open the save. A short time later, the wife leaves. The partners then attempt to open it, but are surprised when the murderous wife returns with a shotgun. The fugitive's partner kills the girl, but as he tries to flee the police, his car careens into the gas pumps and explodes in a tremendous ball of fire. Fortunately, the hero escapes at the very last second.

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Full credits (14)

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Julien Duvivier, René Barjavel

Producers :

Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim

Assistant Operators :

Jean Delaunay, Jean Malaussena

Editor :

Suzanne De Troeye

Art directors :

Eugène Roman, Frédéric de Pasquale

Production Designer :

François de Lamothe

Sound Mixer :

Paul Boistelle

Author of original work :

James Hadley Chase

Director of Photography :

Léonce-Henri Burel

Camera Operator :

Robert Schneider

Continuity supervisor :

Annie Maurel

Music Composer :

Georges Delerue

Costume designer :

Tanine Autré

Still Photographer :

Léo Mirkine

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Film noir

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Coproducer countries :

France, Italy

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Nationality :

Majority French (France, Italy)

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Runtime :

1 h 47 min

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Color type :

Black & White

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