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The Probability Factor

The Probability Factor

A Feature film by Gérard Pirès

Produced by Lira Films

Release in France : 07/04/1976


    In this black comedy, Fred (Jean-Louis Trintingnant) works for an insurance company as a computer engineer. Fred is bored with enduring the trials of his shrewish wife, so, after using actuarial tables to calculate the most common means of death, he cleverly prepares the family bathroom and brings about her demise. For a while he is content with his new freedom, but then he recognizes that a friend is in a similar situation. However, he is interested in the man's wife, so with her cooperation, it is his friend who dies. After he moves in with the new widow and his other girlfriend, the two women decide that he is much too dangerous to have around, so they calculate a fitting end for him.

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    Actors (22)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Lira Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Foreign production company :

    Produzioni Atlas Consorziate (PAC)

    French distribution :

    Les Films Imperia

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    Full credits (15)

    Adaptation :

    Jean-Patrick Manchette, Gérard Pirès

    Author of original work :

    Walter Kempley

    Sound Recordist :

    Guy Rophé

    Director of Photography :

    Michael Seresin

    Camera Operator :

    Bernard Noisette

    Editor :

    Jacques Witta

    Music Composer :

    Claude Bolling

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean Nény

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jean-Patrick Manchette

    Producers :

    Raymond Danon, Jean Bolvary, Roland Girard

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Patrick Manchette, Gérard Pirès

    Assistant Operators :

    Philippe Welt, Jean-Pierre Aliphat

    Production managers :

    Ralph Baum, Michel Zemer

    Continuity supervisor :

    Laurence Duval-Annaud

    Costume designer :

    Christian Aujard

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Black comedy

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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