POE’S CLASSIC CHILLER OF INHUMAN CRIME, SHRILL SUSPENSE, AND DAZZLING DETECTIVE WORK.
Auguste Dupin (George C. Scott), a retired police detective, is talked into investigating a brutal double homicide that took place in a Paris apartment; he realizes that the killer’s identity may be something of a surprise… This is in fact the only faithful movie adaptation ever made of Edgar Allan Poe’s tale, which is strange. The filmmakers have done a good job creating a spooky 19th century Paris atmosphere and the tension remains potent, even to those of us who know the secrets of this tale of animal anger well. Scott easily outshines anyone in the cast; the other characters are not as interesting and those actors portraying them are not that memorable.
1986-U.S. Made for TV. 100 min. Color. Produced by Robert Halmi. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc. Teleplay: David Epstein. Novel: Edgar Allan Poe. Cast: George C. Scott (Auguste Dupin), Val Kilmer (Philippe Huron), Rebecca De Mornay (Claire Dupin), Ian McShane, Neil Dickson.