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La balance (1982)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  10 November 1982 (France)
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Nicole is a Parisian streetwalker and Dede is her racketeer boyfriend, on the outs with his mob bosses because of a dispute over Nicole. When a police informant ("balance") is murdered, the... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nicole Danet
Philippe Léotard ...
Dédé Laffont
Richard Berry ...
Mathias Palouzi
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Bernard Freyd ...
Le Capitaine
Christophe Malavoy ...
Tintin
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Le Belge (as Jean-Paul Connart)
Albert Dray ...
Carlini
Florent Pagny ...
Simoni
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Petrovic (as Tcheky Karyo)
Raouf Ben Yaghlane ...
Djerbi
Galia Salimo ...
Sabrina, la prostituée (as Galia Dujardin)
Sam Karmann ...
Paulo Sanchez
Robert Atlan ...
Ayouche
Luc-Antoine Diquéro ...
Picard
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Nicole is a Parisian streetwalker and Dede is her racketeer boyfriend, on the outs with his mob bosses because of a dispute over Nicole. When a police informant ("balance") is murdered, the cops have to scramble for a replacement. Deciding on Dede, they begin to put a nasty squeeze on him and Nicole. Written by Paul Berk <pbnyc@compuserve.com>

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Excellent Thriller With Gallic Style
13 November 2001 | by (Essex, England) – See all my reviews

I can't believe that this movie has no comments and hardly any votes. It's a tough 1982 thriller set in Paris' Algerian sector. A specialist Police Unit pressurise a pimp and his hooker into becoming informants to enable them to bring down a local gangster. Although directed by an American (spot the U.S. film posters at the Police Station), the film is full of French style. The clothes, the food, the shades... The pacing is fast, the plot is good and the characters are fascinating. Baye is incredibly sexy as the 'tart with a heart' and Leotard looks suitably seedy as the pimp in love with her. It's a strange relationship, letting your lover have sex with strangers in order to put money in the joint account! I also like the way that the cops, who arrest and harass hookers, are shown to be willing to use their services on lonely nights. Pace, excitement, black humour and romance. What more can one ask from a thriller? 8/10


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