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Coup de torchon
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Release Date:
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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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
Aspect Ratio:
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France's official submission as Best Foreign Language Film to the 1982's Oscar.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Marcel is playing billiards, he continues his turn even though he has not scored.See more »
Marcel Chevasson:Next time your two pimps start up, kick 'em as hard as you can in the balls.
Lucien Cordier:But that'll hurt a lot!
Marcel Chevasson:You gotta have good shoes...
Paulo:...with no holes in the toes.
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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
I don't think this was meant to be a comedy., 21 April 2002
Author: the_module from Minneapolis

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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