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The Red Sweater

The Red Sweater

A Feature film by Michel Drach

Produced by Gaumont, Port Royal Films

Release in France : 07/11/1979


    A good argument against capital punishment, this polemical as well as compelling docudrama tells the story of the arrest, conviction, and execution of a man who may have been innocent. In 1974 a young girl was kidnapped and murdered near Marseilles. The public was outraged at the crime, so when traveling salesman Christian Ranucci (Serge Avedikian) was arrested, the prevailing mood was to convict him. As this story unfolds, it is revealed that the court did not allow certain exonerating evidence to be presented nor contradictory witnesses to take the stand. Among the facets of the case that raised doubt was a red sweater found at the crime scene. It belonged to the killer but was several sizes too big for Ranucci. In brief, there is enough evidence to suggest that the real killer and kidnapper got away with it.

    Actors (27)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    Gaumont, Port Royal Films

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    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producers :

    Michel Drach, Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Alain Poiré, Nicolas Seydoux

    Dialogue Writer :

    Michel Drach

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Ortion

    Director of Photography :

    Jean Boffety

    Camera Operator :

    Henri Habans

    Editors :

    André Gautier, André Gaultier

    Production Designers :

    Éric Simon, Jean-Pierre Bazerolle

    Stunt performer :

    Rémy Julienne

    Adaptation :

    Michel Drach, Ariane Litaize

    Author of original work :

    Gilles Perrault

    Screenwriters :

    Michel Drach, Ariane Litaize

    Assistant Operator :

    Michel Deloire

    Production Manager :

    André Deroual

    Continuity supervisor :

    Ariane Litaize

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Louis d'Onorio

    Location managers :

    Anita Benoist, Christian Danzas

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    Feature film

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    Murder, Death, Justice

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h

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