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A Cop (1972)
"Un flic" (original title)

 -  Action | Crime | Thriller  -  1975 (USA)
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Bank robbery in small town ends with one of the robbers being wounded. The loot from the robbery is just a asset for the even more spectacular heist. Simon, gang leader and Paris night club... See full summary »

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Riccardo Cucciolla ...
Paul Weber
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Louis Costa
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Morand
Simone Valère ...
Paul's wife
André Pousse ...
Marc Albouis
Jean Desailly ...
Distinguished gentleman who was robbed a statue
Valérie Wilson ...
Henri Marteau ...
Police officer instructor of shooting
Catherine Rethi
Louis Grandidier
Philippe Gasté ...
Un policier
Dominique Zentar
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Bank robbery in small town ends with one of the robbers being wounded. The loot from the robbery is just a asset for the even more spectacular heist. Simon, gang leader and Paris night club owner, must also deal with police comissaire Edouard Colemane, who happens to be his good friend. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Money  »

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$10,341 (USA) (19 April 2013)

Gross:

$48,040 (USA) (16 August 2013)
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Trivia

The opening shot closely resembles Hokusai's famous woodcut "The Wave". See more »

Quotes

Commissaire Edouard Coleman: The only feelings mankind has ever inspired in policemen are those of indifference and derision.
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Referenced in Le petit lieutenant (2005) See more »

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C'est Ainsi que les Choses Arrivent
Written by Michel Colombier
Lyrics by Charles Aznavour
Performed by Isabelle Aubret
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Forget Hitchcock and Hawks!
18 March 2001 | by (Surrey) – See all my reviews

Films are often discussed in terms of genre. Most people view genre films as something that relates to Hollywood. Musical, Film Noir, Western... European cinema at the same time is often remembered as the cinema of the artist where each film is a one off event where the "message" transmitted dictates the visual form rather than its production as a generic film.

Nowadays the concensus is that the best of the Hollywoods generic films, such as Singin' in the Rain, The Big Sleep or The Searchers, stand comparison to the canon European filmmaking. However little attention has been given to generic films made in Europe.

If we leave aside national cinemas and genres and turn our attention to "Hollywood" genres in europe we find a couple of overlooked geniuses of cinema like Jacques Demy, Sergio Leone and the director of Un Flic: Jean- Pierre Melville.

They made generic films with a European twist: they borrowed from their more recognised colleagues the practice of only showing the essential. They learned their genres so well they were able to see what was essential. However where Godard or Bresson tried to understand what makes film a film and to make viewers aware of them watching a film Melville and Demy aimed at finding out why on earth Hollywood genre films can be so entertaining.

It is so difficult to understand why the French critics spend years of examining Hitchcock and legitimising our pleasure of watching genre films but totally neglect Melville and Demy.

As far as Un Flic goes, it is just a great film. I dare anyone who likes film noir to watch the opening bank robbery scene in the deserted Riviera holiday town in the middle of winter with the robbers' black buick sedan gliding on the rainy boulevard and not feel compelled to see the rest. Pretty much the same goes with the rest of his mature output, too.

Do yourself a favour and see this. And the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, too. (that's by Demy)


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