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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


    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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    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Galatée Films

    Foreign production company :

    Leonine (Tele München Group)

    Co-productions :

    Gaumont, TF1 Films Production

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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

    Line Producer :

    Christian Ferry

    Directors of Photography :

    Luciano Tovoli, Jean Penzer

    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

    Sound recordists :

    Pierre Gamet, Bernard Ortion

    Screenwriters :

    Christian de Chalonge, André G. Brunelin

    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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    Sub-genre :

    Adventure, Drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Germany, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Germany, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 12 min

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