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Le Boucher (1970)

Le boucher (original title)
An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town.




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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Release Date:

19 December 1971 (USA)  »

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1.85 : 1
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The third film that Jean Yanne and Claude Chabrol worked on. See more »


When the blood from a murder victim drips down onto a girl from a cliff above, the hand shown dripping the blood looks fake. See more »


Hélène: A crime is awful! Think of the poor girl!
Popaul: I've seen a corpse or two - their heads in the wind, cut in half, mouth open. I've seen three or four piled together. Kids with their eyes punctured. Indo-Chinese as old as Madame Tirrant completely torn to bits. I've seen pals of mine rotting in the sun, being eaten by maggots.
Butcher shop customer: Yes, war is a horrible thing. That's a fact, but murder like this - it's barbaric!
Popaul: We counted corpses by the truckload, so... I'm rambling.
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Music by Johann Martini (uncredited)
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A great thriller

If Chabrol has any claim to be the French Hitchcock then it is surely based on this, his best film. Starring his wife Stephane Audran it is set in a French village, which helps give a profound sense of isolation to the terrible events which take place there. As with all great thrillers the fear comes through the gradual realisation of what is really happening, rather than the continuous portrayal of graphically violent acts. The sense of evil in the film is palpable. Unmissable!

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