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Charles (Brian A. Levine) has killed 100 people in his life - and now
he decides he's had enough, he wants to retire, thus lives in a house on
the Côte d'Azur like a hermit, is looking for a woman to spend the rest
of his life with, and wants to buy a yacht. Good thing then that his last
job brought him 2 millions of extra cash from Burgess (Ray Ash), the
husband of his hit (Celia Drummond) who paid him the money in order to let
him live. Charles even thinks he has found the woman to spend his time
with, Lisa (Celia Muir), his somewhat naive and bubbly but sexy cleaning
lady - he hasn't told her yet of course ...
Thing is, Lisa has a
boyfriend, Denny (Darren Bransford), a hot-headed punk she invites over
while Charles is out yacht-shopping, and who has his own ideas how to turn
Lisa's job at Charles's house into good money - by pretending it's their
house and cheating interested would-be tenants out of their money. And it
works, too, but then Denny finds a gun among Charles's things and figures
its better to rob the suckers they've lured into their scheme at gunpoint,
tie them up and keep them in the laundry room.
Meanwhile, a couple of
con-men (Lee Cheney, James Privett) almost succeed in cheating Charles out
of the 2 millions, and it takes a long chase and quite a bit of torture
for Charles to get the money back. Under normal circumstances, he would
then have shot the con-men dead, but heck, he has turned a new leaf ...
is, the con-men rather by chance hook up with Denny and he takes them up
with him to Charles's house, which they then turn into a bloodbath
shooting all of Denny's captives.
Oh, I guess I should also tell you
about Clancy (Kate Loustau), a hitwoman and colleague of Charles who's so
pissed at him going into retirement and having stolen Burgess's money that
she wants to see him die - slowly. And she has followed Denny and the
con-men to Charles's place ...
Charles comes home only later, with
flowers to propose to Lisa - something that can only end ... well, you
Dead in France is above all else one thing:
Fun! Sure, most of the plot is far-fetched, some of the genre-situations
have been played to death long before this movie, and some of the
characters are a bit too extreme to ever come to their full potential -
but that hardly matters as the plot moves along as a steady pace, there
are plenty of exhilarating plottwists to keep you glued to the screen,
plenty of violence and well-staged action sequences, a very dry and
British brand of humour, and hardly a dull moment.
Maybe not a
masterpiece in every respect, but great entertainment at least as long as
you watch it!