Reign of Terror (1949)


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Also known as Reign of Terror, The Black Book is a bold effort by director Anthony Mann to film a French Revolution epic on a "B" detective picture budget. Robert Cummings stars as Charles D'Aubigny, who has been engaged by a group of political moderates to retrieve a little black book from Revolutionary leader Robespierre (Richard Basehart). The book allegedly contains evidence that Robespierre has been acting in his own interest rather than on behalf of the new government. D'Aubigny is … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Aeneas MacKenzie, Philip Yordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2005
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as Charles D'Aubigny

as Robespierre

as Madelon

as Saint Just

as Francois Barras

as Fouche

as Tallien

as Sergeant

as Farmer's Wife

as Farmer

as Gatekeeper

as Farm Wife
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Critic Reviews for Reign of Terror

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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... the strangest of genre mixes, a costume crime thriller with a continental setting and an American pulp sensibility.

Full Review… | April 10, 2009

It's a French Revolutionary drama made like one of Mann's film noirs.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Noir visits the French Revolution, as the emphasis on vicious brutality suggests an account written by the Marquis de Sade.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Reign of Terror


a really odd genre mix from director anthony mann; it's a film noir set during the french revolution! the lead actor is weak imo but it's a decent thriller and worth watching for john alton's stunning b&w photography alone

Stella Dallas

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