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After his last contract, the hitman Martin "Christian" Terrier tells his only friend Michel that he will retire; however Michel advises that the Organization will never let him go. Christian visits his boss Cox to receive the payment for his last work and to inform his decision but Cox does not admit that he quits the Organization. Christian visits the manager of his money, Jeanne Faulques, and he learns that she had invested part of his money in a turkey farm in the countryside. He drives to the place to spend a couple of days and has a love affair with Claire, who runs the farm with her husband Félix and has a loveless marriage. Out of the blue, criminals arrive at the farm and Félix is murdered. Christian and Claire kill the killers and they head to Paris to travel abroad. However, Christian discovers that Jeanne is dead and his money was stolen from the bank safe. Then, Christian and Claire are abducted by the men of Cox that wants Christian to have his last contract. In return, ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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After the success of La guerre des polices (1979), Robin Davis did not want to be cataloged as a director of this genre and refused for two years many proposals to direct this type of film again. But when the producers Alain Sarde and Alain Terzian came to see him to ask him to make a film with Alain Delon, the idea interested him. There were no plans yet what the film would be. Robin Davis launched the idea of a French Bonnie and Clyde and the name Catherine Deneuve came quickly on the table. The director then read all sorts of novels and fell onto Jean-Patrick Manchette's "La position du tireur couché". He saw in the main character the opportunity to revisit the usual role for Alain Delon. "Terrier in the book was a totally crazy guy who lived in a cellar, ate cold spaghetti, was perpetually drunk and helpless, with a nihilistic relationship to women, in a completely crazy story. "

Robin Davis wrote a first draft that was close to the novel's depiction of Terrier and read it to the producers and the star. "At the end, this approach fell apart: Alain Delon is a myth. A myth does not eat cold spaghetti in a cellar. " He then reversed the polarities and the anti-hero became a hero, a classic character of the police genre, the killer who decides to hang up, a role already interpreted by the actor in No Way Out (1973) by Duccio Tessari. Dominique Robelet, Claude Veillot, and Alain Delon himself, as well as other writers who did not wish to be credited, all worked on the new adaptation.

Jean-Patrick Manchette, who had two of his other novels adapted by and starred Alain Delon, 3 hommes à abattre (1980) and Pour la peau d'un flic (1981), was not worried about the different approach taken in the adaptation. As soon as Alain Delon embodied the hero of Le choc (1982), he was sure that the character was not going to end up invalid and spoiled as in the novel, and that did not bother him. See more »

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Entertaining and Forgettable Action Thriller with Romance
3 January 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After his last contract, the hit-man Martin "Christian" Terrier (Alain Delon) tells his only friend Michel (Etienne Chicot) that he will retire; however Michel advises that the Organization will never let him go. Christian visits his boss Cox (François Perrot) to receive the payment for his last work and to inform his decision but Cox does not admit that he quits the Organization.

Christian visits the manager of his money, Jeanne Faulques (Stéphane Audran), and he learns that she had invested part of his money in a turkey farm in the countryside. He drives to the place to spend a couple of days and has a love affair with Claire (Catherine Deneuve), who runs the farm with her husband Félix (Philippe Léotard) and has a loveless marriage. Out of the blue, criminals arrive at the farm and Félix is murdered. Christian and Claire kill the killers and they head to Paris to travel abroad. However, Christian discovers that Jeanne is dead and his money was stolen from the bank safe. Then, Christian and Claire are abducted by the men of Cox that wants Christian to have his last contract. In return, he would return his money plus the payment of his fees. Can Christian trust in Cox?

"Le Choc" is an entertaining and forgettable action thriller with romance with Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve. The story has many clichés and Alain Delon performs a contradictory character, a hired cold blood hit-man that falls in love with a woman on the same day he has met her. The final twist is totally predictable and disappointing. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Choque" ("The Shock")


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