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The 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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Louis Costa
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Morand
Simone Valère ...
Paul's wife
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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 ...
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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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$10,341 (USA) (19 April 2013)

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

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Cathy: Dead men arrest no one.
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References Le Samouraï (1967) See more »

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Underrated Melville effort
14 March 2004 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Neglected Melville crime thriller isn't exactly good, but isn't bad either -- feels half-finished, more than anything. Crenna and Delon are friends; they're also on different sides of the law, with Delon a cop and Crenna secretly the head of a gang of thieves who specialize in risky heists. On the other hand, Delon is secretly carrying on with Catherine Denuve, Crenna's girlfriend. Plot too allusive for it's own good -- a bit more grounding of the characters are needed, since their motivations as it stands are opaque (why are Delon and Crenna friends? why is Delon carrying on with Deneuve? if Crenna knows, as he seems to, why is he allowing it? what does Denuve think of all this?). Low budget also hurts the movie -- the centerpiece of the film, an elaborate heist on board a moving train, looks phony and very cheap. (This is a rare movie that probably would benefit from a remake). On the other hand, Melville remains a master of gloomy atmosphere, the setpieces more or less work (the opening sequence, a bank robbery in a cold and rainy seaside town, is well done) and the actors all give it their best. Final shot of the movie is very well done.


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