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The Roaring Forties

The Roaring Forties

A Feature film by Christian de Chalonge

Produced by Galatée Films

Release in France : 11/08/1982

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Actors (15)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Galatée Films

Foreign production company :

TMG - Tele-München Group

Co-productions :

Gaumont, TF1 Films Production

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The Last Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst is a non-fiction book by Ron Hall and Nicholas Tomblin about a man who first cheated to win an international sailing competition and then disappeared from his sailboat in the final lap of the race -- a story that serves as the inspiration for this film. Director Christian de Chalonge and writer Andre G. Brunelin have changed the setting to France, with a Frenchman named Julien Dantec (Jacques Perrin) as the sailboat enthusiast and the international race is now a French competition. Julien is actually an electronics professional who is down on his luck when he decides to enter the race. He is led astray from his original good intentions by a low-life press agent who convinces him it would be well worth his while to win the race by illegal maneuvering. As he sets off, flashbacks tell how he came to be on the sailboat; later he has long monologues -- several of them, and in-between he occasionally battles to stay afloat on an uncooperative sea. For awhile, he sets down in Brazil when he considers abandoning the race, but seemingly compelled to finish what he started, he continues onward with his ill-fated journey.

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Full credits (23)

Executive Producers :

Jacques Perrin, Perrine Pavie

Dialogue Writer :

André G. Brunelin

Producers :

Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Alain Poiré, Nicolas Seydoux

Screenwriters :

Christian de Chalonge, André G. Brunelin

Sound recordists :

Pierre Gamet, Bernard Ortion

Assistant Operators :

Patrick Blossier, Nicolas Brunet, Dominique Gentil, Éric Vallée

Production Manager :

Gérard Crosnier

Sound editor :

Renée Deschamps

Continuity supervisor :

Hélène Sebillotte

Foley artist :

Jérôme Lévy

Sound Mixer :

Jacques Maumont

Location Manager :

Yvon Crenn

Assistant directors :

Olivier Horlait, Michel Propper, Bernard Bolzinger

Authors of original work :

Nicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall

Line Producer :

Christian Ferry

Directors of Photography :

Luciano Tovoli, Jean Penzer

Sound Assistant :

Bernard Chaumeil

Camera Operator :

Jean Harnois

Editors :

Henri Lanoé, Luc Barnier

Assistant editors :

Annick Menier, Janine Oudoul

Production Designer :

Max Douy

Costume designer :

Corinne Jorry

Still Photographer :

Moune Jamet

Technical details

Feature film

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Adventure, Drama

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Coproducer countries :

Germany, France

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Majority French (Germany, France)

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Runtime :

2 h 12 min

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