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4 November 1981 (France) See more »
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)... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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unsettling comedy-drama set in colonial Africa See more (28 total) »


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Philippe Noiret ... Lucien Cordier

Isabelle Huppert ... Rose Mercaillou

Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Le Peron et son frère L'adjudant Georges Le Peron

Stéphane Audran ... Huguette Cordier

Eddy Mitchell ... Nono - l'amant demeuré d'Huguette
Guy Marchand ... Marcel Chavasson
Irène Skobline ... Anne - la nouvelle institutrice
Michel Beaune ... Vanderbrouck - un nouveau riche arrogant
Jean Champion ... Priest
Victor Garrivier ... Mercaillou
Gérard Hernandez ... Leonelli
Abdoulaye Diop ... Fête Nat - le serviteur noir de Lucien
Daniel Langlet ... Paulo - un flic larvaire
François Perrot ... Le colonel Tramichel
Raymond Hermantier ... L'aveugle
Mamadou Dioumé ... Mamadou - l'interprète
Samba Mané ... Vendredi - un noir qui en sait trop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irénée Martin ... La femme au cimetière (uncredited)

Directed by
Bertrand Tavernier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Aurenche 
Bertrand Tavernier 
Jim Thompson  novel "Pop. 1280"

Produced by
Henri Lassa .... producer
Adolphe Viezzi .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Pierre-William Glenn 
Film Editing by
Armand Psenny 
Production Design by
Alexandre Trauner 
Set Decoration by
Hubert de Varine 
Franckie Diago  (as Frankie Diago)
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Moreau 
Makeup Department
Paul Le Marinel .... key makeup artist
Ludovic Paris .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jean-Louis Lapassade .... unit manager
Michel Nicolini .... unit production manager
Louis Wipf .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Achache .... assistant director
Frédéric Bourboulon .... assistant director
Daniel Deleforges .... trainee assistant director
Makhete Diallo .... assistant director
Roland Fruytier .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
René Albouze .... props
Georges Bouillette .... construction manager
Pierre Fontaine .... set dresser
Sound Department
Catherine D'Hoir .... assistant sound editor
Michel Desrois .... sound
Maurice Gilbert .... sound mixer
Luce Grunenwaldt .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Dominique Levert .... boom operator
Claude Villand .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bonomi .... key grip
Armand Bonomi .... grip
Marc Casi .... grip
Alain Choquart .... second assistant camera
Michael Coulter .... first assistant camera
Pierre-William Glenn .... steadicam operator
Michel Lombardo .... electrician
Rene Rochera .... chief electrician
Abdoulaye Sy .... electrician
Moussa Touré .... electrician
Jean-Claude Vicquery .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvette Bonnay .... assistant costume designer
Irénée Martin .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Sophie Cornu .... assistant editor
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music mixer
Peter Knight .... conductor
Other crew
Sylvie Crouet .... production secretary
Peter Fernandez .... voice director: English version
Simon Mizrahi .... press attache
Pauline Montel .... production administrator
Claudine Taulère .... script supervisor

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128 min
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The singer Eddy Mitchell, in a major fictional role for the first time, thought he was so bad after watching the dailies that he insisted to do some of his scenes once again. Because no one would agree, he jokingly stated: "since I'm actually the richest one of the crew, I'll pay for all the scenes I'm allowed to do again" and was almost taken seriously. From then on, he never went to watch the dailies again.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Lucien Cordier:We've got to laugh in this world, or else we'd shoot ourselves.See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
unsettling comedy-drama set in colonial Africa, 12 November 2010
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

Bertrand Tavernier once again shows why he's one of his country's most challenging directors with this disturbing dark comedy, loosely adapted from a Jim Thompson novel ('POP 1280') but relocated to French Equatorial Africa just before World War II. The story follows a lazy, ineffective police chief in a dusty colonial city, who begins to manipulate his tormentors in much the same way they earlier abused him, discovering along the way the omnipotence of his position and the immunity provided by his reputation as an incompetent buffoon. After suffering the indignities of a natural born doormat all his life, he strikes back with a vengeance, slowly descending into a rational madness that commands sympathy while simultaneously provoking moral outrage (at one point he callously murders the innocent native servant who mistakenly witnessed on of his killings). Tavernier builds the tension from his characters rather than from the plot, using touches of unsettling black humor to further blur the line dividing comedy and tragedy.

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