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by Erich von Stroheim1h491923United States

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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.

Cast and crew
  • Credits

    • Production Compagny : Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)
    • Distributor : Bach Films
    • Editing : June Mathis, Rex Ingram, Joseph Farnham, Erich von Stroheim
    • Scenario : June Mathis, Erich von Stroheim
    • Original Work Author : Frank Norris
    • Photo Director : William H. Daniels, Ben Reynolds
    • Producer : Louis B. Mayer
    • Set Decoration : Erich von Stroheim
    • Director : Erich von Stroheim
  • Technical details

    • Printed format : 35 mm
    • Sound mix : Stéréo 2.0
    • Year of production : 1923
    • French release date : 26 janvier 1925
    • Category : Feature film
    • Color : Black and White
    • Language : Silent

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