- Rider on the Rain
name = Rider on the Rain
caption = DVD cover
Marlène Jobert Charles Bronson
released = 1969
runtime = 120 min.
language = French
amg_id = 1:41354
imdb_id = 0064791
"Rider on the Rain" (Fr. "Le Passager de la Pluie") is a 1969 French
crimethriller filmstarring Charles Bronson, directed by René Clément, produced by Serge Silberman, with film music composed by Francis Lai.
In a god-forsaken, off-season French seaside town we meet Marlène Jobert starring as the diffident, nail-biting, beautiful and lonely Mélancholie "Mellie" Mau, who watches a mysterious stranger step down from the bus into the pouring rain. He follows and eventually rapes her, while her husband (an airline navigator) is away from home. However, when coming to her senses again, she manages to kill her attacker and dispose of the corpse. She decides to keep quiet about the whole incident to avoid complications with her jealous husband. — Enter
Charles Bronsonas the tough US Army colonelHarry Dobbs, who is out on undercover work trying to track down a serial rapist who has escaped from a military stockade in Germany. He confronts her and she is shocked that he seems to know exactly what has happened, but she sticks to her story of knowing nothing. Since the Colonel is less than forthcoming about his own mission, she also starts to worry about her absent husband possibly being implicated in something shady. Then a dead body is discovered on the beach where she dumped the rapist's body, and further complications ensue...
Marlène Jobertas Melancolie "Mellie" Mau
Charles Bronsonas Dobbs
Annie Cordyas Juliette
Corinne Marchandas Woman
Jill Irelandas Nicole
Jean Piatas M. Armand
Marcel Pérèsas Station Master
Gabriele Tintias Tony
Ellen Bahlas Madeline Legauff
Jean Gavenas Toussaint
Marc Mazzaas The Stranger (Mac Guffin)
Marika Greenas Hostess at Tania's
In 1970 the film won the Special David of the
David di Donatello Awards. In 1971 it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, was nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Edgar Allan Poe Awards, and for the Golden Laurel.
"Rider on the Rain" is also the main theme of the original movie soundtrack (with lyrics by
Sébastien Japrisotand sung by French chansonette Severine). The American singer-songwriter Peggy Leewrote English lyrics for the song, and recorded it on her 1971album "Make It With You as "Passenger in the Rain."
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