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The Crimson Rivers (2001)



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Veteran cop Pierre Niemans is sent to Guernon to investigate a bizarre murder near a legendary private school isolated in the Alps. And it's no ordinary murder; the killer has been very methodical, leaving twisted inexplicable clues to his motive. Complicating matters are the university administrators who are uncooperative and somewhat defiant to Niemans' questioning. Meanwhile Max Kerkerian, an impetuous young cop and former car thief, arrives at a desecrated graveyard 180 miles away. Someone has disturbed the grave of a child who died twenty years before. These two seemingly random events are about to collide as the separate investigations lead the detectives right to one another. The more experienced Niemans begrudgingly joins forces with the brash Max to track down the killer. Despite his ribbing and constant sarcastic banter, Max respects the older cop. The two crimes are assuredly linked--but how? What could the prestigious school possibly have to hide?more
Rating: R (for violence/grisly images and language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Christophe Grangé, Mathieu Kassovitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2001
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Jean Reno
as Pierre Niemans
Vincent Cassel
as Max Kerkerian
Nadia Farès
as Fanny Ferreira/Judit...
Dominique Sanda
as Sister Andree
Karim Belkhadra
as Captain Dahmane
François Levantal
as Pathologist
Francine Bergé
as Headmistress
Philippe Nahon
as Man at Petrol Statio...
Jean-Pierre Cassel
as Dr. Bernard Cherneze
Laurent Lafitte
as Dean's Son
Robert Gendreu
as Cemetery Warden
Nicky Naude
as Skinhead
Tonio Descanvelle
as Sarzac Policeman
Olivier Rousset
as Sarzac Policeman
Francoise Loreau
as Nun in Convent
Vincent Tulli
as Computer Technician
Nicolas Koretzky
as Computer Cop
Sami Zitouni
as Youth on Sarzac Esta...
Slim Zitouni
as Youth on Sarzac Esta...
Christophe Rossignon
as Policeman in Station...
Dominique Bettenfeld
as Policeman with Theor...
Alexis Robin
as Blind Child
Alain Guerillot
as Skinhead Cafe Owner
Laurent Avare
as Remy Caillois
Olivier Morel
as Philippe Sertys
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Critic Reviews for The Crimson Rivers

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (20)

This is a French film desperate to please an American audience.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Could teach many an American thriller a thing or two about sophisticated creepiness.

August 31, 2001
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It ends up being more about stage blood and stupid plot tricks.

August 10, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

By movie's end, you'd swear you were on Hollywood Boulevard, with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 11.

August 10, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

The most American French movie ever, it's like a Hollywood blockbuster that accidentally got made by smart people. And it's excellent.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Some actors are just automatically the moral locus of every scene they're in. They're the major movie stars, and Reno is one of those.

Full Review… | August 10, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Crimson Rivers

Whilst being a gruesome psychological horror detective story it is actually rather enjoyable thanks to a script that's more suitable as light entertainment. Lots of silliness in a fun way and a plot that isn't too taxing to figure out with a back story about eugenics that will make it quite memorable, if nothing special or outstanding in anyway.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


Not incredible, but works good enough for time pass.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


3 and 3/4's. Pretty good. I'm not really on board with alot of French films, but this was rather enjoyabe. EXCEPT...they threw in some strange fight scene, with an even stranger video game sound effect voice over. MINUS half a point for that lame move....otherwise, pretty decent movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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