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19 August 1981 (France) See more »
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Directed by
Alain Corneau 
Writing credits
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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
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
Editorial Department
Philippe Tourret .... color timer
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music engineer
Peter Knight .... musical director
Other crew
Peter Fernandez .... voice director: English version
Louis Grau .... administrator
Hélène Sébillotte .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Le choix des armes" - France (original title)
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135 min | USA:114 min
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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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