Henri Verneuil

Henri Verneuil – Cent mille dollars au soleil AKA Greed in the Sun (1964)

Southern Morocco, 1963. The owner of a truck transports company hires a new driver (a self-called American tough guy) to transport mysterious goods in a brand new magnificent truck. While the established group of drivers of the company is welcoming the new driver, one of them (played by Jean-Paul Belmondo)hijack the mysterious truck on the day after, planning to negotiate the sale of goods for its own profit and fly over with his new young bride. The best driver of the company (played by Lino Ventura)is launched to his young fellow’s pursuit. Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Un singe en hiver AKA A Monkey in Winter (1962)

Synopsis:
A young man, Gabriel Fouquet, arrives in a coastal town in Normandy to visit his daughter, who is staying in a boarding school. He ends up lodging in a guesthouse run by the aged Albert Quentin and his wife Suzanne. To forget his troubles, Gabriel hits the bottle, not realising that the teetotal Albert was once a heavy drinker. Twenty years ago, the latter pledged never to touch alcohol again if he and his wife survived the war. Through his friendship with Gabriel, Albert becomes nostalgic about his past, recalling his time as a sailor on an expedition to China. To drown their sorrows, the two men embark on a drinking binge which quickly gets out of hand…
— James Travers. Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Peur sur la ville AKA Fear Over the City AKA Night Caller (1975)

Policeman Jean Letellier is under pressure because the infamous gangster Marcucci escaped him publicly. Moreover during the pursuit an innocent bystander was killed by a stray bullet. Letellier is investigated for having fired the deadly bullet.
Before Letellier is cleared, a serial killer begins to murder young women, each time leaving a weird message at the site of crime. He calls himself “Minos”, referring to the Divine Comedy. The murderer always declares he had punished his victims for what he considers their impure life style. Read More »

Henri Verneuil – La vingt-cinquième heure AKA The 25th Hour (1967)

In WW2, a Romanian Gentile peasant is denounced by the village gendarme and sent to a concentration camp for Jews where, due to an error, he’s drafted into the SS. Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Le Clan des Siciliens aka The Sicilian Clan [+Extras] (1969)

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Plot Outline :
With the help of the Malanese family (a.k.a. the Sicilian Clan), a convicted crook and murderer, Roger Sartet, escapes from a police van which is transporting him to prison. When he meets the head of the family, the aging gangster, Vittorio Manalese, Sartet suggests that they join forces and in an incredible robbery. The plan is to steal a collection of jewels whilst is being transported on an aeroplane between Paris and New York. Inspector Le Goff, who has sworn to bring Sartet to justice, learns of the planned robbery and attempts to prevent it. Meanwhile, the seeds of mistrust begin to appear between Startet and Vittorio… Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Le Casse aka The Burglars (1971)

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Henri Verneuil’s The Burglars has a bit of a cult reputation for an infamous car chase through Greece – fully deserved for that lone, incredible sequence – but more than thirty years since its theatrical release, the flaws in this second attempt at adapting David Goodis’ novel to the big screen are painfully evident. Read More »

Henri Verneuil – Le corps de mon ennemi AKA Body of My Enemy (1976)

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Synopsis:
‘Francois Leclerc returns to his home, an industrial town in northern France, after serving a seven year prison sentence for a murder he did not commit. He recalls the events which led up to his trial, beginning with his romance with Gilberte Liegeard, daughter of a powerful industrialist, and the spectacular opportunities for social climbing this offered him.Before his fall from grace, Leclerc was a popular figure, managing an exclusive night club. But he had some dangerous enemies, who implicated him in a double murder. Seven years on, Leclerc is determined to have his revenge…’

– Films de France Read More »