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Release Date:
1975 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Pierre Melville 

Produced by
Robert Dorfmann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Colombier 
 
Cinematography by
Walter Wottitz 
 
Film Editing by
Patricia Nény 
 
Production Design by
Théobald Meurisse  (as Théo Meurisse)
 
Set Decoration by
Pierre Charron 
 
Costume Design by
Colette Baudot 
 
Makeup Department
Michel Deruelle .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean Drouin .... unit manager
Phillip Kenny .... unit production manager
Pierre Saint-Blancat .... production manager (as Pierre Saint Blancat)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-François Delon .... first assistant director
Bernard Girardot .... trainee assistant director
Marc Grunebaum .... assistant director
Philippe Martin .... trainee assistant director
Pierre Tati .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
René Albouze .... property master
Enrique Sonois .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
André Hervée .... sound recordist
Maurice Laumain .... sound editor
Jean Nény .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Domage .... camera operator
Valery Ivanow .... first assistant camera (as Valéry Ivanow)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yves Saint-Laurent .... costume designer: Catherine Deneuve's black dress
 
Editorial Department
Marie-Josée Audiard .... assistant editor (as Marie-José Audiard)
Sophie Tatischeff .... assistant editor (as Sophie Tati)
 
Other crew
Phillip Kenny .... location manager
Florence Moncorgé-Gabin .... script girl (as Florence Moncorgé)
Georges Pansu .... title designer
 
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Also Known As:
"Un flic" - France (original title)
"A Cop" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Dirty Money" - USA (DVD box title)
"Dirty Money (Un flic)" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The opening shot closely resembles Hokusai's famous woodcut "The Wave".See more »
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Cathy:Dead men arrest no one.See more »
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Referenced in Le petit lieutenant (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
C'est Ainsi que les Choses ArriventSee more »

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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Forget Hitchcock and Hawks!, 18 March 2001
Author: Sorsimus from Surrey

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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