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Xavier 'Xav' Maréchal
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Valérie
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Christiane
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Françoise
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Philippe Dubaye
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Commissaire Moreau
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Commissaire Pernais
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Lucien Lacor
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Fondari
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Nicolas Tomski
François Chaumette ...
Lansac
Xavier Depraz ...
Marcel
Henri Virlojeux ...
Paul
Colette Duval ...
La secrétaire de Serrano
Carole Lange ...
La fille du vestiaire
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In the middle of the night, deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano, a racketeer with extant political connections. Serrano kept proofs of Dubaye's involvement in corrupt dealings and was poised to use them against the deputy. Xavier readily agrees to cover up for his old pal Philippe, but he soon runs into difficulties. Nobody believes Dubaye's alibi. And everybody -- influential personalities, powerful businessmen, dubious go-betweens and the police -- wants to get hold of the documents that served to blackmail Dubaye; by all possible means... Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Due to his wild reputation of being particularly difficult, the casting of Klaus Kinski on this film caused some serious apprehension to director Georges Lautner, who eventually found in him the nicest and most cooperative actor he could have dreamed of. See more »

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Written by Philippe Sarde
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlo Savina
Featuring Stan Getz (Saxophone), Andy LaVerne (Piano), Rick Laird (Bass), Billy Hart (Drums), Marcel Azzola (Bandonéon) and Efrain Toro (Percussion)
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Very thrilling French political thriller!
7 July 2003 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

"The Death of a Corrupt Man" is an outstanding French thriller with elements of the political and psych thriller, gangster movies and the typical conspiracy films of the seventies.

Casted with some of the best European actors of that time - Alain Delon, Ornela Muti, Stephane Audran, Mireille Darc and madman Klaus Kinski - it tells the story of a big conspiracy with a corrupt politician getting rid of all his opponents. Now it's lawyer Alain Delon's turn to fight the power. Of course he's becoming the target of some killers soon, a wild hunt begins where several people lose their lives until Delon finds the real villain.

The pacing is fast, the plot twisted and thrilling, and the really good actors and clever direction add much impact to this powerful thriller with some furious action scenes including a great truck chase. If you get a video or DVD copy of that film or find it in your TV guide, watch it!


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