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Le choix des armes
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19 August 1981 (France) See more »
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Two men break out of prison; a rival gang ambushes them. One is mortally wounded and tells the other... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alain Corneau 
 
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Alain Corneau 
Michel Grisolia 

Produced by
Larry Nesis .... associate producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
 
Cinematography by
Pierre-William Glenn 
 
Film Editing by
Thierry Derocles 
 
Art Direction by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laurent Ferrier .... first assistant director
 
Stunts
Alain Guerillot .... stunts
Roland Neunreuther .... stunts
Eric Vasberg .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Rosa da Costa .... assistant camera
Jean-Paul Rosa da Costa .... first assistant camera
 
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Philippe Tourret .... color timer
 
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music engineer
Peter Knight .... musical director
 
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Peter Fernandez .... voice director: English version
Louis Grau .... administrator
Hélène Sébillotte .... script supervisor
 

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"Le choix des armes" - France (original title)
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135 min | USA:114 min
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Referenced in Girare Le choix des armes (2007)See more »
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Deneuve, Depardieu, & Montand, 27 February 2004
Author: michelerealini from Switzerland

"Le choix des armes" is a good example of French movie thriller -"le polar à la française", we can define it a true cinematic genre.

The film is an encounter between two generations of gangsters. The older one (Montand) lives now a quite life with his wife (Deneuve), the younger (Depardieu) has just escaped from prison. In this story both live personal dramas: Montand's brother dies during his escape and Deneuve is erroneously killed during a police operation; Depardieu face the impossibility of going elsewhere with his daughter and leading a normal life. He will pay the price of his dreams.

The direction of Alain Corneau is strong. He's able to analyze each charachter in a exhaustive way, no one is left apart. In this way also Gerard Lanvin and Michel Galabru's roles are well treated, between them there's almost the same relationship as between the two gangsters. Lanvin is a young agent who believes in justice but no one helps him, whereas Galabru is a frustrated old policeman.

Solid film, elegant, with action and many cat-and-mouse games.

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