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Fear over the City (Peur sur la ville)

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Fear over the City
(Peur sur la ville)
Fear over City poster.jpg
Cinema Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Release Date 1975
Language French
Studio Cerito Films
Mondial Televisione Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commissioner Jean Letellier Jean-Paul Belmondo
Pierre Valdeck / Minos Adalberto Maria Merli
Inspector Charles Moissac Charles Denner
Marcucci Giovanni Cianfriglia
Germaine Doizon Rosy Varte
Hélène Grammont Catherine Morin
Chief Commissioner Sabin Jean Martin

Fear over the City (Peur sur la ville) is a 1975 French crime triller directed by Henri Verneuil and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as Paris police Commissioner Jean Letellier. Letellier has two opponents: his old enemy, gangster Marcucci, and maniacal killer calling himself Minos.

The following weapons were used in the film Fear over the City (Peur sur la ville):


Smith & Wesson Model 38

Smith & Wesson Model 38 revolvers are service sidearms of Commissioner Jean Letellier (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and other French police detectives.

Smith & Wesson Model 38 - .38 Special
Letellier with S&W Model 38.
Letellier bullies a petty criminal (Jacques Rispal) with his revolver.
Letellier fires. 5-shot cylinder is seen.
Letellier and Inspector Moissac (Charles Denner) with their Smith & Wessons are questioning wounded criminal Julio Cortes (Henri-Jacques Huet).
Letellier holds his revolver during the shootout in Paris subway.
Letellier carries the revolver in holster.
An unnamed police inspector (Henry Djanik) at the right holds an S&W Model 38 in the final scene.

Colt Trooper Mk III

In the flashback scene Letellier (Jean-Paul Belmondo) uses a Colt Trooper Mk III with 4-inch barrel. Later he uses the same revolver during firefight with Marcucci in Paris subway. In this scene Letellier's revolver several times switches from Smith & Wesson Model 38 to Colt Trooper and back again in a continuity error.

Colt Mk Trooper with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Letellier holds his Colt Trooper in the flashback scene.
Letellier chases Marcucci's car.
The Colt-style cylinder release is seen.
Letellier fires at Marcucci's car.
Peur sur la ville-Colt Trooper-7.jpg
Letellier with revolver in the scene in subway.

Colt Official Police

In a flashback scene Marcucci (Giovanni Cianfriglia) uses a Colt Official Police revolver. Later Marcucci use the same revolver during the shootout in Paris subway. A similar looking revolver is seen in hands of a police inspector in the flashback scene.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Marcucci fires his Colt during the chase after bank robbery.
Marcucci uses Colt in Paris subway. The position of screws on the frame of the revolver allows to identify it as Colt Official Police, rather than Colt Police Positive as it was guessed previously.
A police inspector with a Colt revolver in the flashback scene.

Enfield No.2

Minos (Adalberto Maria Merli) uses an Enfield No.2 revolver when he took hostages in final scene.

Enfield No. 2 Mk I. Original configuration with spurred hammer - .38 S&W
Fear over City Enfield No2 1.jpg
Minos with Enfield revolver.
Minos' revolver on the floor.

Arminius revolver

In one scene an unnamed police inspector (Henry Djanik) carries an Arminius revolver. The exact model is unclear, thought Arminius HW-3 is a reasonable guess.

Arminius HW-3 - .22 LR
The police inspector in Valdeck's apartments. The typical Arminius golden logo on the frame of the revolver can be seen.
The shape of the grip is seen.

Manurhin MR-73

In the final scene the troopers of special police unit carry Manurhin MR-73 revolvers.

Manurhin MR-73 Gendarmerie with 3 inch barrel
The revolver is seen in holster. The position of the logo on the grip matches Manurhin revolvers.
A trooper holds his revolver.

Various revolvers

A police inspector holds a revolver in the flashback scene.
A pair of police officers at the right hold revolvers in the final scene.


Beretta Model 70

Germaine Doizon (Rosy Varte), one of Minos victims, tries to protect herself with a stainless Beretta Model 70 but fails. After the murder Minos (Adalberto Maria Merli) takes the pistol and uses it during the chase on roofs.

Beretta Model 70, Inox version - .32 ACP
Germaine Doizon takes Beretta Model 70 from locker.
Germaine Doizon holds her Beretta.
Fear over City Beretta Mod 70 3.jpg
Minos holds the pistol.
Minos fires at Letellier during the chase on roofs.

Walther PP

Julio Cortes (Henri-Jacques Huet) uses a Walther PP against Letellier and Moissac.

Post war Walther PP Pistol - .32 ACP. Though most of the pistols built immediately after the war were made by Manurhin of France (under license), the guns are marked "Made in West Germany".
Julio Cortes draws his Walther.
Cortes fires at Letellier.
Letellier holds Cortes' Walther.

M1911-style pistol

During the robbery in the flashback scene one of the gangsters is armed with an M1911A1-style pistol.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
A gangster at the right fires a pistol.
The pistol on the stairs.

Walther P38

What appears to be a Walther P38 is seen in hands of a gangster in the flashback scene.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
The man in center holds what appears to be a P38.


Gevarm Type D4

A Gevarm Type D4 submachine gun is used by a gangster during bank robbery in a flashback scene.

Gevarm Type D4 - 9x19mm
Gangster with Gevarm D4 SMG.
Close-up of Gevarm SMG.


Mauser 98 Sporter

Police snipers use Mauser 98 Sporter sniper rifles in the final scene.

German-style Mauser 98 Sporter Model K - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Peur sur la ville-Rifle-1.jpg
Fear over City Police snipers 1.jpg
Police snipers with bolt-action sniper rifles.


F1 grenade

In one scene Minos (Adalberto Maria Merli) throws an F1 hand grenade into the crowd. Two more grenades are seen when Minos takes hostages in the final scene.

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1935 fuse.
Peur sur la ville-F1-1.jpg
Minos ready F1 grenade to throw.
Minos readies a bomb in Pamela Sweet's apartments. Two F1 grenades are seen near the bomb.

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