Release date22 February 1970 (1970-02-22)
(France) WriterMichel Lambesc (based on the novel by), Pascal Jardin (scenario and adaptation), Pierre Granier-Deferre (scenario and adaptation), Pascal Jardin (dialogue) Initial releaseFebruary 22, 1970 (France) ScreenplayPierre Granier-Deferre, Pascal Jardin CastJean Gabin (Auguste Maroilleur), Danièle Ajoret (Louise), Michel Barbey (Maurice), Christian Barbier (Léon), Pierre Dux (le juge d'instruction), André Weber (Bien-Phu, un employé de la ferme) Similar moviesRelated Pierre Granier-Deferre movies
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La Horse (Italian: Il Clan degli uomini violenti, German: Der Erbarmungslose) is a 1970 French-language thriller directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre and based on Michel Lambesc's novel.
In Normandy, the widower Auguste Maroilleur rules his family and his farm with an iron hand. Bien Phu, a disabled veteran of the war in Indochina, is a valued employee. Out shooting duck, Auguste and Bien Phu discover a huge cache of heroin. Auguste deduces that his grandson Henri, whose vacation job is on a ship, must be a courier. He destroys the drug, worth millions, and confines Henri to a cellar. When the gangsters cannot find their man or their merchandise, they try to destroy Auguste's livelihood and peace of mind. They burn a barn, brutally kill his cattle and rape his virgin granddaughter. He and Bien Phu fight back, eventually killing all five villains by shotgun and grenade. This private war does not go unnoticed and the police bring the whole family in for questioning. Following Auguste's orders, none of them give a thing away and all are released.
Though massacred by French critics, the film was loved by the French public. As well as the magisterial presence of Jean Gabin, it carried echoes of the unsolved Dominici affair of 1952 and the 1943 film Goupi Mains Rouges.
Jean Gabin as Auguste Maroilleur, farm owner
Marc Porel as Henri, Auguste's grandson
Danièle Ajoret as Louise, younger daughter of Auguste
Michel Barbey as Maurice, husband of Louise
Christian Barbier as Léon, husband of Mathilde
Pierre Dux as the investigating magistrate
Armando Francioli as Francis Grutti, a gangster
Julien Guiomar as the police inspector
Eléonore Hirt as Mathilde, elder daughter of Auguste
Reinhard Kolldehoff as Hans, a drug baron
Astrid Frank as girlfriend of Hans
Félix Marten as Marc, a gangster
Orlane Paquin as Véronique, granddaughter of Auguste