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Coup de torchon (1981)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 November 1981 (France)
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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
Michel Beaune ...
Vanderbrouck - un nouveau riche arrogant
Jean Champion ...
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Mercaillou
Gérard Hernandez ...
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 »

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When Marcel is playing billiards, he continues his turn even though he has not scored. See more »

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Lucien Cordier: We've got to laugh in this world, or else we'd shoot ourselves.
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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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Features S.O.S. Mediterranean (1938) See more »

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I don't think this was meant to be a comedy.
21 April 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie without reading any prior description of it. I thought this was an excellent film - very philosophical. I never once thought of it as a comedy until I read the video box after watching the tape. Now I come here and see people saying that it wasn't funny. Well, I think that possibly it was just marketed incorrectly and it quite possibly was not intended as comedy at all. Keep that in mind, but do see this movie if you appreciate thoughtful cinema.


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