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.

  1. Louis Malle

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Noël Calef


  3. Roger Nimier


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

Full Cast & Crew

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Original Title Ascenseur pour l'échafaud

Status Released

Release Information

  • June 10, 1958


Original Language French

Runtime 1h 31m

Budget -

Revenue $263,404.00



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