Two Men in Town (1973 film)

Two Men in Town (French: Deux hommes dans la ville a.k.a. Two Against the Law) is a 1973 Franco-Italian film directed by José Giovanni.

Two Men in Town
Directed byJosé Giovanni
Produced byAlain Delon
Written byJosé Giovanni
Music byPhilippe Sarde
CinematographyJean-Jacques Tarbes
Edited byFrancoise Javet
Release date
  • 25 October 1973 (1973-10-25) (France)
Running time
100 minutes
  • France
  • Italy[1]
Box office$18.4 million[2]

The film was remade in 2014.


Germain Cazeneuve left the police to work as a prison trainer, teaching inmates how to live once out of jail and how to stay out. He stands guarantor when Gino Strabliggi, a printer by trade, is paroled two years before his twelve year sentence for bank robbery expires.

Germain and his family offer friendship to Gino and his wife Sophie, who has waited faithfully for ten years, until two criminals racing along a country road kill Sophie by accident.

Gino gets a steady job as a printer and meets Lucy, a bank employee, who moves into his flat.

On a regular visit to the police station to renew his parole, he is seen by Inspector Goitreau who originally arrested him and immediately follows him. As he stops for petrol, some old associates spot him and give him the address of their hideout. Goitreau, suspecting Gino is part of their plans, arrests him and gets the address, but Germain gets him freed.

Thwarted, Goitreau starts harassing Gino, questioning his boss at the printers and his girl friend at the bank.

When the gang pull off a raid, Goitreau knows where they will meet up and arrests them all. He is sure Gino was part of the operation as well and breaks into the flat, where he finds Lucy and starts pushing her about. Gino comes in behind him and, going mad at his girl being assaulted, strangles Goitreau.

He is tried and, the death penalty still being in force, condemned. His lawyer and Germain attend the execution.



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