Innocents with Dirty Hands

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Innocents with Dirty Hands
Les innocents aux mains sales.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by André Génovès
Written by Claude Chabrol
Based on The Damned Innocents by Richard Neely
Starring Romy Schneider
Rod Steiger
Music by Pierre Jansen
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Edited by Jacques Gaillard
Jupiter Generale Cinematografica
Les Films de la Boétie
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • 26 March 1975 (1975-03-26) (France)
Running time
121 minutes
Country France
West Germany

Innocents with Dirty Hands a.k.a. Dirty Hands. is a 1975 film written and directed by Claude Chabrol. Its title in French is Les innocents aux mains sales. The film was based on the novel The Damned Innocents by Richard Neely. The film had 553,910 admissions in France.[1]


Louis, a rich man who lives quietly with his beautiful young wife Julie at St Tropez, has a cardiac problem and an alcohol problem. She sleeps in another room and when she meets Jeff, a writer, starts an affair with him. The two decide that she will kill her husband and that Jeff, after dumping the body off a boat, will then lie low in Italy. To her dismay, Jeff disappears and with him all Louis' money. She is left without husband, lover or assets, under police surveillance. Then Louis reappears, alive, fit, alcohol-free and ready to forgive her …..

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Romy Schneider Julie Wormser
Rod Steiger Louis Wormser
Jean Rochefort Maître Albert Légal
François Maistre Commissaire Lamy
Hans Christian Blech Le juge
François Perrot Georges Thorent
Paolo Giusti Jeff Marle
Henri Attal Police Officer #1
Dominique Zardi Police Officer #2

Critical reception[edit]

Vincent Canby of The New York Times did not care for the film:


  1. ^ JP (1975-03-26). "Les Innocents aux mains sales (1975)". JPBox-Office. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  2. ^ Original New York Times review (subscription required)

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