The feature-film debut of famed director Louis Malle is an interesting, modern film noir with the classic theme of lovers plotting to kill the husband and make it look like suicide (reminiscent of The Postman Always Rings Twice). Jeanne Moreau gives an astonishing performance, perverse but naive as she leads her young lover down a path that can only lead to doom for both of them.

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  1. Louis Malle

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Roger Nimier


  3. Noël Calef


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jeanne Moreau

    Jeanne Moreau

    Florence Carala

  2. Maurice Ronet

    Maurice Ronet

    Julien Tavernier

  3. Georges Poujouly

    Georges Poujouly


  4. Yori Bertin

    Yori Bertin


  5. Lino Ventura

    Lino Ventura

    Le Commissaire Cherrier

  6. Iván Petrovich

    Iván Petrovich

    Horst Becker

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Original Title Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Status Released

Original Language French

Runtime 1h 28m

Budget -

Revenue $263,404.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • June 10, 1958



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