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Enough Rope

Enough Rope

A Feature film by Claude Autant-Lara

Produced by Marceau-Cocinor

Release in France : 11/01/1963

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Actors (9)

Production and distribution (4)

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Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

Foreign production companies :

Sancro Film, Corona filmproduktion

French distributors :

Cocinor, International Productions

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In this drama, two total strangers suspect each other of murdering their own wives. The trouble begins when an unhappily married architect becomes obsessed with a murder trial in which a husband allegedly murdered his wife. The architect begins collecting newspaper clippings. Although the charges against the accused are dropped, the architect is convinced that the man is guilty. He even visits the husband. After talking to him, the architect is more sure than he was before. The architect gets into trouble after his own wife's body is discovered in a ravine. The other husband, believing the architect did it, begins blackmailing him. Later the cops find the architect's collection of clippings. The husband, now convinced that the architect is out to destroy him, murders the architect.

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Based on Patricia Highsmiths novel „The Blunderer", this rarely seen black and white crime movie deserves to be screened more often. It's the story of two men whose fate links them together by accident – or is it by plan? Separate of each other and at this point without connection, two women are killed. Their husbands are prime suspects, though police cannot prove their guilt. When they are confronted with each other, a strange combination of alliance and hostility is forged, while each one thinks of his opponent as a murderer. The psychological game unfolds. For one of them, the rope around his neck gets tighter, but he still has a card to play… It's no brilliant material, but the clever screen play and the good performances make it an enjoyable film for all "Highsmithians" and the likes.

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Full credits (10)

Dialogue Writer :

Pierre Bost

Producer :

Ralph Baum

Director of Photography :

Jacques Natteau

Production Manager :

Yves Laplanche

Music Composer :

René Cloerec

Author of original work :

Patricia Highsmith

Screenwriters :

Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost

Sound Recordist :

Gérard Brisseau

Editor :

Madeleine Gug

Production Designer :

Max Douy

Technical details

Feature film

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France, Germany, Italy

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Majority French (France, Germany, Italy)

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Runtime :

1 h 47 min

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Black & White

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