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Le Sheriff (1977)

Le juge Fayard dit Le Shériff (original title)
The young judge Fayard is not afraid of anybody as he does his work honestly.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Louvier
Philippe Léotard ...
L'inspecteur Marec
Simon Pradaldit dit Le Docteur
Le procureur général Arnould
Jean-Marc Thibault ...
Camus - un chef d'entreprise
Daniel Ivernel ...
Xavier Marcheron
Lucien Degueldre dit Monsieur Paul
Henri Garcin ...
Le substitut Picot
Jacques Spiesser ...
Le juge d'instruction Jacques Steiner
Joanno dit Le Capitaine
Yves Afonso ...
Lecca - un truand
Roland Blanche ...
Paul 'Paulo' Lecourtois
François Dyrek ...
José Bouvine - un truand
Bernard Giraudeau ...
Le juge Davoust


The young judge Fayard is not afraid of anybody as he does his work honestly.

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Release Date:

12 January 1977 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ajuste de cuentas  »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Yves Boisset in his memoirs, he and Patrick Dewaere had a severe argument on the set of this film. They both fought and just after, Dewaere said to Boisset that he was now his friend. See more »


Referenced in Un jour, un destin: Patrick Dewaere: le dernier jour (2007) See more »


Le Juge Fayard (Générique)
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
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Judge Patrick Dewaere exposes high-level corruption
1 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Le Sheriff" is fiction but strongly rooted in the accomplishments of Judge Francois Renaud in exposing the nefarious underworld activities of the Service d'Action Civique (SAC), a summary of which can be found in Wikipedia. This was a group begun by de Gaulle for work in the Algerian War that came to be an underworld organization.

This movie is closely-related to some poliziotteschi movies that show official corruption being battled by some justice officials and/or police in what is an uphill battle. Director Boisset here courageously took on the "system" and was unafraid to depict corruption's links to the SAC.

A "judge" in France is something like a prosecutor who goes to crime scenes, interrogates witnesses, and then decides who might be arrested or indicted. It's a vastly different role than an American judge. Patrick Dewaere plays the young, idealistic, determined and voluble judge. He happens upon a case that naturally opens up into false alibis and the SAC protecting criminals. The policeman working with him is Philippe Leotard. The superior Prosecutor to him is Jean Bouise. The story follows him through the case as he confronts resistance from above and the SAC political influence. Marcel Bozzufi has a part as a skilled SAC operative and gunman who engineers a big robbery and sees to it that the money gets to a Swiss bank where it's laundered and recycled to campaign contributions in France.

The movie is a solid but not exceptional treatment of the subject. It more or less moves ahead without great suspense or pizazz. To me, it seemed predictable, because I've seen so many poliziotteschis that covered some of the same ground as well as some other French thrillers that did likewise. But it's still basically a good film that's hard-hitting in its willingness to confront the system.

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