And Hope to Die

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And Hope to Die
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Original theatrical poster
Directed by René Clément
Produced by Serge Silberman
Written by Sébastien Japrisot
Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant
Robert Ryan
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Edmond Richard
Edited by Roger Dwyre
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Language French

And Hope to Die (French: La course du lièvre à travers les champs, Italian: La corsa della lepre attraverso i campi) is a 1972 French-Italian thriller-drama film directed by René Clément and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Robert Ryan. It is loosely based on the novel Black Friday by David Goodis.[1][2]


A French fugitive heads for Montreal, Canada where he joins a gang of criminals who are about to kidnap a crimelord's mentally challenged daughter. The scheme goes as planned until the girl accidentally dies. The kidnappers decide to move forward with the plan as if she were still alive.



  1. ^ VV.AA. The New York Times Film Reviews. New York Times, 1973.
  2. ^ "And Hope to Die" in Film Bulletin, Volume 41. Wax Publications, 1972.

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