The Sleeping Car Murders

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Compartiment tueurs
Compartiment tueurs.jpg
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Produced by Julien Derode
Written by Sébastien Japrisot (novel)
Costa Gavras
Starring Catherine Allégret
Yves Montand
Simone Signoret
Michel Piccoli
Music by Michel Magne
Cinematography Jean Tournier
Edited by Christian Gaudin
Release date
Running time
95 min.
Country France
Language French
Box office $8.1 million[1]

The Sleeping Car Murder (French title: Compartiment tueurs) is a 1965 French mystery film directed by Costa-Gavras from the novel by Sébastien Japrisot. It stars Simone Signoret, Michel Piccoli, Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Charles Denner and Pascale Roberts.[2] This film was the first movie for Costa-Gavras, to be followed later by other, more politically serious work.


Six people travel by train overnight from Marseilles to Paris. When the train arrives at its destination, one of the passengers, a girl, is found dead in a sleeping berth. The police led by Inspector Grazzi investigate the other five passengers, suspecting that one of them was responsible. However, as the investigation is stepped up, the other passengers start turning up dead. It is then up to the last remaining two to solve the case, before they become the next victims.



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