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THE NIGHT CALLER

(aka Peur sur la Ville, aka Fear Over the City)


(1975)

DIRECTOR: Henri Verneuil (The Burglars, Guns for San Sebastian)

STARS: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Denner, Adalberto Maria Merli

SYNOPSIS: Jean-Paul Belmondo tracks down a serial killer in 1970's France. He plays a "Dirty Harry"-style detective who isn't above smacking around a suspect. The killer is knocking off victims who he feels are impure sinners. After each murder he taunts Belmondo by sending a fraction of a photo (of his face). This starts a cat and mouse game between the killer and the French police as the body count continues to rise. The film has influences of the Dirty Harry series as well as Italian Giallos of the era (bug eye close-ups, creepy phone calls from the killer, black leather gloves, etc). One of the best things about this film is that all the stunts are all done by Belmondo himself! You can clearly see him running across rooftops, driving cars and hanging from a flying helicopter, etc. There aren't a lot of action scenes, per se, but the centerpiece is a whopping 20 minutes long! It starts as a sweat-inducing rooftop chase, then a motorcycle / car chase, a run through a mannequin warehouse and finally ends with Belmondo walking on top of (and hanging off of) a moving subway car! It's breathtaking. Score by Ennio Morricone. Dubbed in English. WIDESCREEN

BONUS: Original theatrical trailer

*For more see:
Blackout, Nightkill, Apology, and The Outsider / Hunter Will Get You

Widescreen / Color

Region Free NTSC dvd-R

RED dvd case (above image is the front cover art)


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