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French cinema of nineteen eighties was known for its numerous popular films which gave a new dimension to box office collections."Pour La Peau D'Un Flic" is one such film which is not so much known by ordinary film viewers both in France and elsewhere.This might have something to do with the manner in which this film was distributed. It is sure that loyal Alain Delon fans would be aware that this film marked the beginning of his directorial career in 1981.Alain Delon gives one of his career's finest performances as a detective who would go to any length in order to bring cold blooded criminals to justice.As a film director he has not fought shy of portraying what ails police forces in France.In "Pour La Peau D'Un Flic",policemen are shown as real human beings with their fair share of weaknesses.Alain Delon's acting performance has too many shades of similarities with American actor Al Pacino although it would be politically incorrect to suggest such a comparison.This is a good film for all those people who would like to see Alain Delon both as an actor as well as a director in a same film.
Despite some extreme violence (shootings at close range, rape of one of the main characters), there is a surprising amount of humor in this picture. I wonder if this was Delon's way of moving away from the sometimes humorless approach taken in his films with J-P Melville. It also features a nice performance by a very young Anne Parillaud.
In Paris, the ex-cop Choucas (Alain Delon) is a private detective that
works with a mysterious partner, Tarpon, and the secretary Charlotte
(Anne Parillaud). He is presently working in an embezzlement case of an
employee of the pharmacist Jude (Pierre Belot). When the middle-aged
Isabelle Pigot (Annick Alane) hires him to investigate the
disappearance of her blind twenty year-old daughter Marthe Pigot
(Ariele Semenoff) that worked at the Drillard Foundation for blinds,
the Police Inspector Coccioli (Daniel Ceccaldi) seeks Choucas out and
asks him to drop the case. But Choucas proceeds with the investigation
and schedules an encounter with Isabelle in a square, but she is
murdered with a shot on the forehead. Chouca continues to investigate
and soon the dirty Chief Inspector Madrier (Jacques Pisias) tries to
kill Chouca, but he is only wounded and kills the inspector in
self-defense. Then two criminals abduct Chouca but he succeeds to
escape. He meets his secret partner, the retired Chief of Police
Haymann (Michel Auclair), and Charlotte and they disclose a case of
narcotics. Further, Choucas learns that he has been manipulated by
Coccioli and other Chiefs of Police.
"Pour la peau d'un flic" is a violent, funny and complex story of murder and manipulation in the debut of Alain Delon as director. He follows the genre of Jean-Pierre Melville, and the movie has violence, murder, rape, torture but with humor. Anne Parillaud shines in the role of the cynical and funny cinephile Charlotte. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Na Pele de um Tira" ("In the Skin of a Cop")
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This early 1980s Alain Delon vehicle is probably indistinguishable from most of the other films he was making around the same period. It does have some sudden bursts of violence, a well-done car chase where Delon drives on the wrong side of the freeway, a reasonable amount of humor (when Delon lets out a cry of pain while having his bullet wound treated, he is told that Belmondo's reaction in the same spot would be manlier!), and an offbeat soundtrack. But the plot is boring and the running time is too long. Anne Parrilaud (the future original "Nikita") has one of her earliest roles here, but there's nothing special about her character, except maybe for the fact that she's a film buff. She does have one fully nude scene, but the circumstances of it are unerotic. ** out of 4.
Sometimes we need to get reminded that even cheaply produced movies can
be great fun. Alain Delon's Director Debut here comes as a thirteen in
a dozen French "policier" flick. The difference is that the actors are
obviously having great fun on the set while the movie is presented with
a well mixed variety of Violence, fun and some smart lines.
Alain Delon is cool on camera and even behind the camera. A smart fun but further unmemorable film. Alain continued to direct his next to films as well (although only credited for le battant).
Pour la peau d'un flic is an inseparable part of my Delon movie collection.
Obviously I'll watch anything with Tyrone Power or Alain Delon, but
even I surprised myself with this. And I enjoyed it! Of course.
First off, may I say again that if there's anything I hate it's dubbing. Here Delon sounded like Robert Conrad. Everyone spoke English with American accents although the film takes place in France.
Someone here saw it in French because when Delon is injured and screams, his secretary tells him Burt Lancaster would never scream like that. The person who reviewed it said the name used was Belmondo. I wish I'd seen it in French.
Ex-cop Choucas, now a PI, is presently working on an embezzlement case at a pharmacist's. Then Isabelle Pigot hires him to investigate the disappearance of her blind daughter, Marthe Pigot, who worked at a foundation for the blind. Police Inspector Coccioli urges him to drop the case. But Choucas doesn't.
Choucas not only witnesses a killing, but is nearly killed himself, wounded, fights off two men in his office, and then his secretary is abducted. It doesn't seem as if anyone wants him to find Marthe.
Most of this film is a routine PI film, but it has humor, some good action, a little romance, and a bang-up finale. Delon is so sexy - and he wears the tightest pair of jeans I've ever seen. In fact, here his body has matured and the jeans push up some skin...when he shows his secretary where he was wounded, his short is off; he pulls the jeans down a little and sucks in that gut for all it's worth. Just a little trivia: This was something they always taught actors who stood in profile, but they don't seem to do it any longer. Dick Powell turned down the TV show Richard Diamond because "I can't hold my stomach in for 28 weeks."
Anyway, an enjoyable film.
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This film was released on NTSC VHS videotape in North America by CINEMA PLUS VIDEO Distribution in 1982 with the French title..... POUR LA PEAU D'UN FLIC....It had a small distribution in Quebec and the French speaking areas of Eastern Canada and the northeastern USA....There is no DVD version......It was released in French Language with no English Subtitles.....It is no longer In Print and is rarely seen in French Canadian video stores.....the Ex- Rentals are generally poor quality and and the original tape has often been replaced.....Good luck in finding one with "Good" Picture Quality........It was released with a French language jacket with a drawing of Delon/Parillaud on the front......Directed by Alain Delon and stars Alain Delon, Anne Parillaud, Michel Auclair......w/ French Porn Legend Brigitte Lahaie ....the run time of the North American release is 1 hour 46 minutes............Contains female nudity.......Ex-cop is after a drug pusher gang. Starring and directed by Alain Delon. A short cameo by French Porn Legend Brigitte Lahaie might get many a heart pumping. In this thriller, a private detective disregards the many warnings he has been given and continues searching for a missing blind girl. Also a young Anne Parillaud appears nude as Delon's "secretary"........
Ex-cop is after a drug pusher gang. Completely average thriller starring and directed by Alain Delon. If you don't feel like losing or winning anything, watch this film. A short cameo by beautiful French actress Brigitte Lahaie might get many a heart pumping. Apart from that, the movie isn't too exciting. At least it's not really boring.
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