This Man Must Die (1969)




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A writer-father (Michel Duchaussoy) seeks to discover the identity of the man who killed his son in a hit-and-run accident in this engrossing psychological thriller. He travels from Paris to the site of the accident where a chance encounter with a farmer gives him a tip. The trail leads to a television actress (Caroline Cellier), whose brutish brother-in-law (Jean Yanne) was responsible for the accident. That man owns a body shop where he apparently repaired the car after the boy was hit. The … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Paul Gégauff, Claude Chabrol
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On DVD: May 20, 2003
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Critic Reviews for This Man Must Die

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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A dour thriller slowly becomes a showcase for Chabrol's perverse humanism

Full Review… | January 31, 2010

A great villain performance by Jean Yanne.

Full Review… | January 26, 2004
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Audience Reviews for This Man Must Die

After several attempts I finally managed to complete this film, I like the plot of this film very much, but it really drags in the middle of this movie, making it feel like a long watch.

Lady D'arbanville

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Given that Nicholas Blake's "The Beast Must Die" is one of my favourite crime novels, I was looking forward to this adaptation by Claude Chabrol, though I suspected beforehand that it might be slightly disappointing. Essentially a bereaved father's diary, recording a vengeful scheme to find and punish the man who killed his son in a hit-and-run accident, the book contains a stunning surprise that only really works properly on the page. The film works best as a touching, gradually developed love story between the father (Michel Duchaussoy) and the woman (Caroline Cellier) he uses as an unwitting pawn in his game of retribution. The final scene, in which our hero finds redemption in a fatherly act of self-sacrifice for a substitute son, is absolutely lovely. Jean Yanne is terrific as the villain.

Stephen M

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For such a quiet, clam movie it packs a ver heavy emotional punch by the end and the performance by Michel Duchaussoy is nearly flawless.

Quinto Wallight

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