Innocents with Dirty Hands

Innocents with Dirty Hands a.k.a. Dirty Hands. is a 1975 psychological thriller film written and directed by Claude Chabrol. Its title in French is Les innocents aux mains sales. The film was based on the novel The Damned Innocents by Richard Neely. The film had 553,910 admissions in France.[1]

Innocents with Dirty Hands
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byAndré Génovès
Written byClaude Chabrol
Based onThe Damned Innocents by Richard Neely
StarringRomy Schneider
Rod Steiger
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byJacques Gaillard
Jupiter Generale Cinematografica
Les Films de la Boétie
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release date
  • 26 March 1975 (1975-03-26) (France)
Running time
121 minutes
West Germany


Louis, a rich man who lives quietly with his beautiful young wife, Julie, in St Tropez, has cardiac and alcohol problems. They sleep in separate rooms and, when she meets Jeff, a writer, she has an affair with him. They decide that she will kill Louis and that Jeff, after dumping the body off a boat, will lie low in Italy. To her dismay, Jeff disappears and, with him, all of Louis' money. She is left without husband, lover or assets and under police surveillance. Then Louis reappears, alive, fit, alcohol-free and ready to forgive her.

Principal cast

Romy SchneiderJulie Wormser
Rod SteigerLouis Wormser
Jean RochefortMaître Albert Légal
François MaistreCommissaire Lamy
Hans Christian BlechLe juge
François PerrotGeorges Thorent
Paolo GiustiJeff Marle
Henri AttalPolice Officer #1
Dominique ZardiPolice Officer #2

Critical reception

Vincent Canby of The New York Times did not care for the film:


  1. JP (1975-03-26). "Les Innocents aux mains sales (1975)". JPBox-Office. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
  2. Original New York Times review (subscription required)

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