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Dog Day (1984)

Canicule (original title)
A fugitive on the run from the law and carrying several million dollars hides out in the house of a farm family. The tables turn when the family turns out to be even more criminally ... See full summary »

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Yves Boisset

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Jean Herman (novel) (as Jean Vautrin), Jean Herman (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Jimmy Cobb
Miou-Miou ... Jessica
Jean Carmet ... Socrate
Victor Lanoux ... Horace
David Bennent ... Chim
Bernadette Lafont ... Ségolène
Grâce de Capitani Grâce de Capitani ... Lily (as Grace De Capitani)
Tina Louise ... Noémie Blue
Muni ... Gusta
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Le Barrec
Juliette Mills ... Maggy
Julien Bukowski Julien Bukowski ... Rojinski
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Julio
Joseph Momo Joseph Momo ... Doudou Cadillac
Henri Guybet ... Marceau
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A fugitive on the run from the law and carrying several million dollars hides out in the house of a farm family. The tables turn when the family turns out to be even more criminally oriented than he is, and begins to terrorize him instead of the other way around. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

11 January 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Day See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After the shooting of the movie, Lee Marvin got heavily drunk and smashed a policeman's face in the streets of Orléans. But he finally apologized to the cop by bringing many flowers to his hospital room. See more »

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Jimmy Cobb and the Jacques
7 May 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Canicule has the distinct aroma of tax write off and trip to France for Lee Marvin in one of his last and least films of his career.

Marvin plays American bank robber Jimmy Cobb who is on the run and now in France. The French authorities want this guy bad, they're even armed to the teeth. The beginning is a homage to Sam Peckinpaugh and The Wild Bunch with a shootout on the Paris streets where a whole lot of people get themselves killed in a botched attempt to take Marvin.

Lee's on the loose with the loot from a bank job that was obviously committed in America because it's in dollars as opposed to francs. But he manages to get to the Normandy countryside where he falls into the hands of a family of farmers who've got their own ideas about him and his loot and his reputation. And by no means is it unanimous.

Canicule is a French attempt to make an American style gangster film and they're not bad at it when doing things like Lemmy Caution with American expatriate Eddie Constantine. This one could have used the real Sam Peckinpaugh however directing this mostly French cast of players with Lee Marvin and Tina Louise. The dubbing and editing is hardly first rate. Marvin is in bad health which the camera plainly shows.

As another reviewer stated Gorky Park is a far better film. That and Death Hunt are the last two really great films Lee Marvin made.


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