In its original form, Clouzot’s grim thriller had been basically stripped down to its action components, which are among the most gripping to be found anywhere in movies. As it happens, I liked the movie when I saw it in its reduced (and censored) form as a teenager, despite its changed ending, but I like it even more now in its complete (?) form. Its somewhat dated macho elements notwithstanding, the film’s pile-driving persistence over two and a half hours commands a certain numbed respect.
March 06, 1992