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1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his... See full summary »

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Huguette Cordier
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Nono - l'amant demeuré d'Huguette
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Anne - la nouvelle institutrice
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Vanderbrouck - un nouveau riche arrogant
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Mercaillou
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Abdoulaye Diop ...
Fête Nat - le serviteur noir de Lucien
Daniel Langlet ...
Paulo - un flic larvaire
François Perrot ...
Raymond Hermantier ...
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1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his wife Huguette) humiliates him. He never arrests anyone and looks at elsewhere when a dirty trick occurs. But one day, he turns into a machiavellian exterminating angel. Written by Yepok

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France's official submission as Best Foreign Language Film to the 1982's Oscar. See more »

Goofs

The movie begins with a scene during a total eclipse of the sun. Between 1933 (Hitler comes to power) and 1939 (invasion of France), no path of totality from any solar eclipse touched French West Africa. See more »

Quotes

Lucien Cordier: Do you know the question no one can answer? The big question?
George Le Peron: Go ahead.
Lucien Cordier: When you scratch your balls, is it 'cause they itch, or 'cause it feels good?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, we are correctly informed that the film is based on the novel "Pop. 1280"; but during the end titles, we are informed that it is based on "Pop. 1275". This is consistent with the official title retained for the translation into French, which is "1275 Ames" (literally: "1275 Souls"), and which reflects the fact that 5 people have died during the course of action. See more »

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Brutal, darkly humorous and brilliantly done film noir
19 May 2002 | by (Stony Brook, NY) – See all my reviews

Jim Thompson meets Joseph Conrad in a small, dusty town in Senegal. The writing is excellent throughout, delving into themes that most films would never have the guts to handle. Brutal, darkly humorous and brilliantly done. A great, great film noir. Not a movie for those easily offended (though one they should probably see and learn from.)


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