by Erich von Stroheim 1h49min United States 1923
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by Erich von Stroheim

Vera Cruz, 1938. "Le Rital", a tough French hit man, agrees to serve Mexican revolutionaries who want to replace the current President by Chico, an insecure young bourgeois that they intend to manipulate. The killing of the President is to take place in a small town whose "great lady", Camito, is an alluring former thespian and the despot's mistress. Things go according to plan as the President commits the imprudence to come and see Camito without his escort. "Le Rital" just has to pull the trigger and his mission is achieved. But to no avail actually as the revolutionaries prove unable to take advantage of the situation. Worse, "Le Rital" finds himself driven to shoot at Chico(without killing him though) whereas he has become close to him. In the end he leaves Mexico for new adventures without anybody knowing that deep inside himself he is a broken man.

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  • Zasu Pitts : Trina Sieppe
  • Gibson Gowland : John McTeague
  • Jean Hersholt : Marcus Schuller
  • Dale Fuller : Maria Miranda Maccapa
  • And with: Joseph Farnham, Tempe Pigott, Sylvia Ashton, Chester Conklin, Frank Hayes, Joan Standing


  • Director Erich von Stroheim
  • Scenario June Mathis, Erich von Stroheim
  • Original work author Frank Norris
  • Photo director William H. Daniels, Ben Reynolds
  • Set Design Erich von Stroheim
  • Editing Erich von Stroheim, June Mathis, Rex Ingram, Joseph Farnham
  • Producer Louis B. Mayer
  • Distributor Bach Films
  • Production Compagny Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,33:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Production1923
  • Release date for France01/26/1925
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageSilent
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