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The Crimson Rivers (2000)


Coming Out at 27 September 2000 in theaters

“Les rivières pourpres”

Crime, Horror, Mystery

The Crimson Rivers is psychological thriller film starring Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel. The film, which was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, is based on the best-selling novel Red Blood Rivers. Its screenplay was co-written by the book’s author, Jean-Christophe Grangé.

The film is about two detectives who investigate a series of grisly murders in and around an isolated university campus in the French Alps. With a $14 million budget, the movie went on to gross $60 million from a worldwide theatrical release. Despite its box office success, one of its stars, Vincent Cassel admitted, “I can’t help explain the film because I didn’t understand it! We cut out everything in the film that was explanatory, therefore ‘boring’. You end up with a film that’s not boring but you don’t understand it all.”

Detective Superintendent (Commissaire Principal) Pierre Niemans (Jean Reno), a well known Parisian police investigator, is sent to the small rural university town of Guernon in the French Alps to investigate a brutal murder. The victim’s body was found bound in a fetal position and suspended high on a cliff face, his eyes removed and his hands cut off. Niemans learns that the victim was a professor and the University’s librarian, Remy Callois, and he seeks out a local ophthalmologist for an explanation to the removal of the eyes. Dr. Cherneze, once on the University staff, explains that the school’s isolation led to in-breeding amongst the professors, with increasingly serious genetic disorders.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

Writers: Jean-Christophe Grangé (novel), Jean-Christophe Grangé, Mathieu Kassovitz

Stars: Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Fares, Dominique Sanda, Karim Belkhadra, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Didier Flamand


Jean RenoPierre Niemans
Vincent CasselMax Kerkerian
Nadia FarèsFanny Ferreira / Judith Herault
Dominique SandaSister Andrée
Karim BelkhadraCaptain Dahmane
Jean-Pierre CasselDr. Bernard Chernezé
Didier FlamandThe Dean
François LevantalPathologist
Francine BergéHeadmistress
Philippe NahonMan at Petrol Station
Laurent LafitteHubert, the Dean’s Son
Robert GendreuCemetery Warden
Christophe BernardSkinhead #1
Nicky NaudéSkinhead #2
Tonio DescanvelleSarzac Policeman #1
Olivier RoussetSarzac Policeman #2
Françoise LoreauNun in Convent
Vincent TulliComputer Technician
Nicolas KoretzkyComputer Cop
Sami ZitouniYouth #1 on Sarzac Estate
Slim ZitouniYouth #2 on Sarzac Estate
Christophe RossignonPoliceman in Station Wagon on Bridge
Dominique BettenfeldPoliceman with Theory
Alexis RobinBlind Child with Dog
Alain GuerillotSkinhead Cafe Owner
Laurent AvareRémy Caillois
Olivier MorelPhilippe Sertys
Vincent SkimentiPoliceman

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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