First released in 1960, Fanatics was designed as a screen vehicle for then-hot French singer Sacha Distel. In an apparent attempt to recreate the rough-edged "Elvis" mystique, Distel is cast as an ex-crook trying to go straight. He is pulled back into a life of crime by his unrepentant former comrades. They must be the "fanatics" of the title, even though they exhibit no religious or political leanings. Le Mordus was the original French title for this trifling meller.
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