And Hope to Die

And Hope to Die
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 dates
  • 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 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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