The Sleeping Car Murder


1h 35m 1966

Brief Synopsis

Sei persone viaggiano in un vagone-letto da Marsiglia a Parigi. All'arrivo, un donna viene trovata morta nella sua cuccetta. La polizia si mette alla ricerca delle altre persone, sospettando possa essere stato uno degli altri cinque passeggeri a commettere l'omicidio, ma questi sono uccisi uno ad uno. Gli ultimi due (una coppia di ragazzi conosciutisi per caso nella carrozza) decidono di cercare di risolvere il caso, per non essere uccisi a loro volta, rischiando comunque di esserlo. Con il loro aiuto il caso viene risolto: un giovane e squattrinato studente, amante di una ricca ed attempata attrice (una delle vittime) ha organizzato gli omicidi con il suo amante, un giovane poliziotto nevrotico, per derubare la donna e fuggire insieme in Africa; per cui bisognava uccidere tutti i componenti del vagone-letto per non destare sospetti. Alla fine, dopo un inseguimento notturno per le vie di Parigi, lo studente viene arrestato ed il complice si suicida per non essere catturato.

Film Details

Also Known As
Compartiment tueurs
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Mar 1966
Production Company
P. E. C. F.
Distribution Company
Seven Arts Associated Corp.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Compartiment tueurs by Sébastien Japrisot (Paris, 1962).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Daniel, a young runaway riding the overnight train from Marseilles to Paris without a ticket, is aided in avoiding the conductor by Bambi, a young woman on her way to a job in Paris. She arranges for him to spend the night in an unoccupied berth in her compartment. He leaves early the next morning but returns when he realizes that he has forgotten his suitcase. He finds Georgette Thomas, a perfume saleswoman who had a lower berth, murdered in the compartment. Inspector Grazzi and his assistant, Jean-Lou, are assigned to the case. Through the newspapers, Grazzi asks the other occupants of the compartment that night to contact the police. Cabourg, an office worker, is the first to come forward, but he is soon found dead. Daniel and Bambi remain together, but they avoid the police because they fear discovery by their parents. Daniel finds the wallet of Eliane Darrès, a fading actress who had been in the compartment, but when he and Bambi return it, they find Eliane being interrogated by Grazzi. They hide and see a young man, Eric, slipping out of Eliane's back door. Eliane tells Grazzi that Daniel had occupied the sixth berth. Shortly thereafter, Eliane is murdered, as is Rivolani, a truckdriver who also had been in the compartment. Eric, who had been Eliane's lover, is questioned but has an alibi. Daniel overhears two men planning to kill Bambi, and after telling her to hide in a hotel room, he calls Grazzi to tell all he knows. The police prevent Eric from killing Bambi, but Eric is only an accomplice; the real murderer, Jean-Lou, is now after Daniel. Jean-Lou knew of Eliane's large bank account and her passion for young men and had plotted with his friend Eric to kill her. Grazzi manages to save Daniel, and, after a wild chase through Paris, Jean-Lou is apprehended.

Film Details

Also Known As
Compartiment tueurs
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Mar 1966
Production Company
P. E. C. F.
Distribution Company
Seven Arts Associated Corp.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Compartiment tueurs by Sébastien Japrisot (Paris, 1962).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in November 1965 as Compartiment tueurs; running time: 95 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted Best Foreign Language Film of the Year by the 1966 National Board of Review.

Released in United States Spring March 7, 1966

Costa-Gavras' directorial debut.

CinemaScope

Released in United States Spring March 7, 1966