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Bat Out of Hell

Bat Out of Hell

A Feature film by Xavier Durringer

Produced by AFCL Productions

Release in France : 01/10/1997


    After a hold-up, François, the angry young son of an underworld boss, escapes a fatal shoot-out. He then seeks protection from one of his father's friends who heads a gang of crooks. The latter hooks him up with Rufin, a young killer, and sends them into hiding until things blow over. But as soon as the rest of the gang joins them, François and Rufin are hurled into the heart of an internal war.

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    AFCL Productions

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    France tv distribution

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    France 2 Cinéma

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    "I met Jeannot six years ago, the year after his release from prison. Since then, we've been inseperable. We live two hundred yards from each other. The story of the film is linked to our friendship. We discussed it for thousands of hours. While listening to him, I discovered a world that I thought I knew through television, Italian-American cinema or other works. In fact the idea that I had of the underworld was a caricature. Our task was to leave that caricature behing us. For example, I was naive enough to think that people who hold up a bank say "Hands up" whereas the first thing they tell people to do is the opposite so that passers-by won't see them with their hands in the air. I thought a guy flew back fifteen feet when shot whereas in fact the bullet goes right through him, especially if it's a high-calibre one. In fact, screewriters use all sorts of tricks to create a sort of mythology around films dealing with underworld gangs that they only observe from afar. What interested me with Jeannot was talking about one man through the tale of a gang." (Xavier Durringer)

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Anne François

    Line Producers :

    Laurent Bénégui, Philippe Missonnier

    Director of Photography :

    Mathieu Vadepied

    Assistant Operator :

    Antoine Gueugneau

    Editor :

    Raphaële Urtin

    Continuity supervisor :

    Catherine Coste

    Music Composers :

    Benjamin Raffaelli, Laurent Coq

    Location Manager :

    Roxanne Pinheiro

    Adaptation :

    Xavier Durringer

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Miez, Xavier Durringer

    Sound Recordist :

    François Musy

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Pascal Launay

    Assistant editor :

    Isabelle Proust

    Production Designer :

    Eric Durringer

    Costume designer :

    Anne Schotte

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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