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Hunter Will Get You (1976)
"L'alpagueur" (original title)

 |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  June 1980 (USA)
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L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier, a serial-killer who employs young boys to help him robbing banks before ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Pilard, dit l'Alpagueur
Bruno Cremer ...
Jean Négroni ...
Patrick Fierry ...
Costa Valdez
Jean-Pierre Jorris ...
Victor Garrivier ...
Claude Brosset ...
Marcel Imhoff ...
le directeur de cabinet
Maurice Auzel ...
Le routier Gros Bras
Muriel Belmondo ...
La première hôtesse de l'air
Roger Benamou ...
Le mafioso espagnol
Jean-Luc Boutté ...
Le deuxième fusil
Patrice Chapelain-Midy ...
Un employé de banque
Michèle Delacroix ...
La seconde hôtesse de l'air
Jacques Destoop ...
Le mafioso sicilien


L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier, a serial-killer who employs young boys to help him robbing banks before killing them. Written by Frederic Villemin <>

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The director Philippe Labro was a great friend of Jean-Pierre Melville, who died three years before the shooting. And the dialogues in this film "L'Alpagueur", where Bruno Cremer calls his co stars "Coco", is a sort of homage to Melville, who usually called his friends "Coco". See more »


The dry clothing of Roger and Costa as they emerge from the halfway filled vine vessel. See more »


Roger Pilard, dit l'Alpagueur: Everything I do, everything I touch is illegal.
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"It's a nasty business, gentlemen. There will be widows and orphans."
14 August 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

"Everything I do, everything I touch is illegal." With a line like that, you know you're not in for high art, but you still might need all your suspension of disbelief for Jean-Paul Belmondo's background in L'Alpagueur aka Hunter Will Get You. Not the part about him being hired by the police to take care of certain cases without the formalities and paid with money the cops have taken from drug dealers but haven't put in the evidence room - more the part about him being a thrill-seeking former big game hunter with his own private island who wanted to hunt humans for a change. Thankfully we don't see any evidence of his past and the hunting is more in the lines of undercover work than stalking his prey in the bush, but even so...

Once you get over the rather too colourful backstory it's a decent enough Saturday nighter, the kind of unambitious crowdpleasing 70s French thriller that led Jean-Luc Godard to dismiss Belmondo as a traitor to the revolution in one of his typical moments of hyperbole. Having taken care of a drugs ring and exposed a crooked cop (who conveniently blurts out "Honest? Me? Don't insult me!" for the benefit of a hidden tape recorder), he sets about tracking down Bruno Cremer's callous holdup man who picks up petty criminals to do his dirty work before killing them. Unfortunately his aim's a bit off with one, and Belmondo's sent to prison to befriend the boy and break him out of prison in the hope of getting some leads. Naturally things go wrong and they end up pursued by cops and gangsters alike, but while the film never really strays from the formulaic it delivers the goods better than most of Belmondo's later policiers and polars. Writer-director Philippe Labro does rather botch the opening, especially a moment where Belmondo knees a 'pregnant' woman repeatedly in the stomach, but makes a better job of the rest of the film. Cremer's coldly efficient villain, announcing himself to a couple of unlucky gendarmes with "It's a nasty business, gentlemen. There will be widows and orphans," is a big plus, though he's unfortunately absent from much of the middle of the film.

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