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The Judge and the Assassin

The Judge and the Assassin

A Feature film by Bertrand Tavernier

Produced by Lira Films

Release in France : 10/03/1976

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Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Lira Films

French distribution :

Fox France

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

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France, 1893. Joseph Bouvier, a former Sergeant in the French military, shoots his beloved and attempts to kill himself. Having survived with two bullets in his brain, he is released from the Dole medical facility, a place of mental and physical filthiness. Then begins a five-year period of wandering on the roads of the South East of France, during which Bouvier rapes and eventually kills two dozen defenseless shepherds and farm servants of both sexes. Judge Rousseau thinks this case would help his career as a right wing politician and therefore issues warrants of arrests to find any hobo fitting the description. But if Bouvier was declared insane, the Judge's plan may become a trap...

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Full credits (19)

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost

Producer :

Raymond Danon

Screenwriters :

Pierre Bost, Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche

Sound Recordist :

Michel Desrois

Assistant Operators :

Richard Andry, Jean-Francis Gondre

Editor :

Armand Psenny

Production Designer :

Antoine Roman

Singer :

Jean-Roger Caussimon

Sound Mixer :

Maurice Gilbert

Location Manager :

René Brun

Dialogue Writers :

Jean Aurenche, Bertrand Tavernier

Line Producer :

Ralph Baum

Director of Photography :

Pierre-William Glenn

Sound Assistant :

Alain David

Production Manager :

André Hoss

Continuity supervisor :

Alice Ziller

Music Composer :

Philippe Sarde

Costume designer :

Jacqueline Moreau

Still Photographer :

Étienne George

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

2 h 8 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)

Festival du Film français en Israël  - 2005

Festival du Film français en Israël (Israel, 2005)


Official Selection

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1977

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1977)

Selection (6)

Best Original Music : Philippe Sarde

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Jean Aurenche, Bertrand Tavernier

Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Claude Brialy

Best Director : Bertrand Tavernier

Best Actor : Michel Galabru

Best Film


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1977

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1977)

Awards (2)

César Award for best writing : Jean Aurenche, Bertrand Tavernier

Cesar Award for Best Actor : Michel Galabru