Head Against the Wall

Head Against the Wall

Director: Georges Franju

Year: 1959

Plot: In order to get rid of his troublesome son François, Maître Gérane manages to have him committed to a mental hospital owned by Dr. Varmont, a supporter of traditional treatments, in constant conflict with Dr. Emery, whose therapy takes the psychology of patients into account. François soon makes friends with Heurtevent, a sweet epileptic, and both decide to escape from the place. Their attempt is a failure and Heurtevent, unable to get over what he considers a return to hell, commits suicide. But rebellious François tries again and this time around he is successful. He finds shelter at his friend Stephanie's home...—Guy Bellinger
Original Title: La tête contre les murs
Director: Georges Franju
Writer: Hervé Bazin , Jean-Pierre Mocky , Jean-Charles Pichon
Producer: Jérôme Goulven
Type: movie
Year: 1959
Genres: Drama
Cast: Pierre Kolitchev , Sophie Poncin , Jean Labarrère , Pierre Brasseur , Paul Meurisse , Jean-Pierre Mocky , Anouk Aimée , Jean Galland , Jean Ozenne , Thomy Bourdelle , Rudy Lenoir , Roger Legris , Henri San Juan , Edith Scob , René Alié , Luc Andrieux , Doudou Babet , Claude Badolle , Claude Castaing , Jean Henry , Jacques Mancier , Claude Mansard , Raoul Marco , Diego Masson , Pierre Mirat , Max Montavon , Véronique Nordey , Henri Poirier , Alexandre Randall , Jean Rougerie , Jacques Seiler , André Thorent , Charles Aznavour , Monique Ardoin , Robert Balpo , Lucien Camiret , Paul Demange , Luis Masson , Georges Pally , Sophie Saint-Just
Runtimes: 95
Countries: France
Languages: French , Latin
Color Info: Black and White
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Sound Mix: Mono
Original Air Date: 20 Mar 1959 (France)
Rating: 7.0
Votes: 728
Year: 1959
Akas: Head Against the Wall (United States) , The Keepers (United Kingdom) , La cabeza contra la pared (Spain) , Głową o mur (Poland) , Duvarlara Vurulan Baş (Turkey, Turkish title)
Production Companies: La Société des Films Sirius , ATICA , Elpenor
Distributors: La Société des Films Sirius , Eureka Entertainment , Les Acacias , ARTE , ARTE , Blacke Editions , Ciné+
Cinematographer: Eugen Schüfftan
Producer: Jérôme Goulven
Production Manager: Roger Descoffre , Jean Velter
Certificates: Finland:K-16 , France:Tous publics
Composer: Maurice Jarre
Editor: Suzanne Sandberg
Editorial Department: Simone Dauvillier
Sound Crew: Jacques Thibault , Paul Pauwels , René Sarazin
Music Department: Maurice Jarre
Miscellaneous Crew: Paulette Lapérouse
Other Companies: Laboratoires Franay Tirages Cinematographiques (LTC) , Poste Parisien
Make Up: Louis Dor , Marcelle Testard
Assistant Director: Franck Andron , Jacques Rouffio
Art Department: Robert Testard
Camera and Electrical Department: Pierre Brard , Gérard Miquel , Albert Darmon , Georges Miklachewsky , Henri Caruel , Claude Zidi
Costume Department: Madeleine Chopin
Production Design: Louis Le Barbenchon
Special Effects: LAX Lab.
Script Department: Marcelle Hochet
Location Management: Eric Simon