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The French Detective (1975)

Adieu poulet (original title)
When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit... See full summary »

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Le commissaire Verjeat
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L'inspecteur Lefèvre
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Pierre Lardatte
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Le contrôleur général Ledoux
Pierre Tornade ...
le commissaire Pignol
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Marthe Rigaux, la patronne du bordel
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Le juge Delmesse
Michel Peyrelon ...
Roger
Claude Brosset ...
Antoine Portor
Gérard Hérold ...
l'inspecteur Moitrié
Gérard Dessalles ...
L'inspecteur Ransac
Jacques Rispal ...
Mercier
Patrick Feigelson ...
Louis
Jean-Yves Gautier ...
Letellier
Pierre Londiche ...
Jeanvier, l'indicateur au chien
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When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit of the councilman, Lardatte, gets him a warning from his superiors. When he embarrasses Lardatte while disarming a hostage (the dead volunteer's father), Verjeat is told he's being transferred within a week. He speeds up his hunt for the goon and, with Lefévre, one of his young detectives, he engineers a complicated scheme to buy more time before the transfer. How should Verjeat play out his values of honor and duty? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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11 March 1979 (USA)  »

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Visa d'exploitation en France #44331 See more »

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Featured in La Menace, autopsie d'un tournage (2003) See more »

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Adieu Poulet (Générique)
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde and Orchestra
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Underrated and ignored
5 August 2011 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

I saw this French cop/buddy film when it originally ran in New York City for a limited time. I still remember the basics. Lino Ventura was sensational as usual, his sardonic, mistrusting self, and Dewaere was great as his partner. They made an enjoyable team, something I can't say for most cop/buddy films. Dewaere took his own life just a few years later, a very sad finale for an excellent actor. I'd love to see this film again but it has never surfaced on tape or disc and never airs on TV. But no worries, with satellite, I have an endless pile of worthless crap movies to surf through while good films like this languish in a vault, forgotten.


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