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The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1986)

A detective comes out of retirement to help his daughter's fiance prove that he did not commit a series of murders.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Edgar Allan Poe (story), David Epstein (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
George C. Scott ... Auguste Dupin
Rebecca De Mornay ... Claire Dupin
Ian McShane ... Prefect of Police
Neil Dickson ... Adolphe Le Bon
Val Kilmer ... Phillipe Huron
Maud Rayer Maud Rayer ... Melle L'Espanaye
Maxence Mailfort Maxence Mailfort ... Inspector Alphonse
Fernand Guiot ... Dupar
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... The Sailor
Roger Lumont Roger Lumont ... Sergeant Marcel
Erick Desmarestz Erick Desmarestz ... Inspector Bec
Yvette Petit Yvette Petit ... Laundress
Serge Ridoux Serge Ridoux ... Prison Guard
Mak Wilson ... Ape, performed by
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Storyline

The mysterious and grisly murders of a mother and daughter leave police investigators puzzled. Few clues were left behind. The killer could not have fled via the windows as they were nailed shut. Nor was the killer observed leaving by neighbors. It seems the only person with the skills to solve the crime is Auguste Dupin, who has been released from the police department by the new prefect. After much persuasion from his daughter, whose fiance is charged with the crime, Dupin begins to investigate the case on his own, and puts together quite an interesting scenario in solving the crime. Written by Sooz <sumaree@inetnebr.com>

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Crime | Mystery | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Morgue-utcai gyilkosság See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Auguste Dupin: Nothing comes before chess, my dear. Haven't I taught you anything?
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Connections

Version of The Bloody Ape (1997) See more »

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Poe would have been so proud!!
19 September 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

This is one of the classics truly brought to life. Edgar Allen Poe was one of my favorite authors and he was a true magician with the English language. This is a beautiful TV film that really did justice to one of his greatest works thanks to one of our finest American actors. George C. Scott was one of those rare breed of actors who could do everything and anything and did it!He was that good at what he did. He made any film that he was in excellent. He gave a masterful performance as the great detective Dupin in this film and Rebecca De Morney gave him excellent support as his daughter. This film really brought Paris to life and is beautiful to look at. There was an older version of this film starring Bela Lugosi that really took liberties with Poe's story and made it into a cheap horror film, they didn't do it here and that is what makes it worth watching. This was an early example of "psychological profiling" Dupin tried to match any individual into his profile of the murder and had to come up with the fact that it wasn't a human at all. It is far-fetched! but Scott makes it worth your while. Everything about this film from the musical score to the smallest supporting performances is A plus.


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