We Are All Murderers (1952)

05/21/1952 (FR) CrimeDrama 1h 57m


Originally titled Nous Sommes Tout des Assassins, We Are All Murderers was directed by Andre Cayette, a former lawyer who detested France's execution system. Charles Spaak's screenplay makes no attempt to launder the four principal characters (Marcel Mouloudji, Raymond Pellegrin, Antoinine Balpetre, Julien Verdeir): never mind the motivations, these are all hardened murderers. Still, the film condemns the sadistic ritual through which these four men are brought to the guillotine. In France, the policy is to never tell the condemned man when the execution will occur--and then to show up without warning and drag the victim kicking and screaming to his doom, without any opportunity to make peace with himself or his Maker. By the end of this harrowing film, the audience feels as dehumanized as the four "protagonists." We Are All Murderers was roundly roasted by the French law enforcement establishment, but it won a special jury prize at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival.

  1. André Cayatte


  2. Charles Spaak


Top Billed Cast

  1. Marcel Mouloudji

    Marcel Mouloudji

    René Le Guen

  2. Raymond Pellegrin

    Raymond Pellegrin

    Gino Bollini

  3. Antoine Balpêtré

    Antoine Balpêtré

    Dr. Albert Dutoit

  4. Julien Verdier

    Julien Verdier


  5. Claude Laydu

    Claude Laydu

    Philippe Arnaud

  6. Georges Poujouly

    Georges Poujouly

    Michel Le Guen

  7. Jacqueline Pierreux

    Jacqueline Pierreux

    Yvonne Le Guen (version française)

  8. Lucien Nat

    Lucien Nat

    L'avocat général

  9. Louis Arbessier

    Louis Arbessier

    L'avocat du tribunal pour enfants

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We Are All Murderers
We Are All Murderers

Original Title Nous sommes tous des assassins

Status Released

Original Language French

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