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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:
Nicole Danet
Philippe Léotard ...
Dédé Laffont
Richard Berry ...
Mathias Palouzi
Bernard Freyd ...
Le Capitaine
Christophe Malavoy ...
Le Belge (as Jean-Paul Connart)
Albert Dray ...
Florent Pagny ...
Petrovic (as Tcheky Karyo)
Raouf Ben Yaghlane ...
Galia Salimo ...
Sabrina, la prostituée (as Galia Dujardin)
Sam Karmann ...
Paulo Sanchez
Robert Atlan ...
Luc-Antoine Diquéro ...


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 <>

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11 June 2003 | by (Hollywood, Florida) – See all my reviews

The psychological techniques of the Chief Inspector Palouzi(Richard Berry)and his sometimes cruel, but equally compassionate portrayal of a decent human being, "just doing his job" was quite well done--Hat's off to Bob Swain--Chicago's own! Berry-himself of French-Algerian decent, is very smooth; and his mature attitude--not arrogance--is what pulls him though. The Acting by Nathalie Baye and the late Philippe Leotard was also excellent. Some of the chases and Arrests were Hokey-but, the Overwhelming theme here is the true devotion of a Woman(Baye) to her Man(Leotard). We need more stories about devotion to People, rather than Devotion to careers or even countries-- No displaced loyalties here--Baye's acting was superb, and I am married to a very devoted woman, so I identify with her loyalty to "Dede"!

Does anyone Know what Richard Barry(Benguigui) is doing these days? He is a fine actor. Bon Chance to all! Try and see this one, if you haven't already seen it.

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