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Farewell to Fred (1985)
"Adieu blaireau" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  30 April 1985 (France)
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Fred is a gambler and deep in debt. He owes crime boss Victor a lot of money and the time to pay has come. Gégé, his loyal friend, advises him to make money quickly, or face the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Léotard ...
Fred
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Colette
Jacques Penot ...
Gégé
Christian Marquand ...
Victor
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Brigitte
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Poupée
Albert Dray ...
Boris
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Professeur
John Dobrynine ...
Un tueur
Agathe Gil ...
Gigi
Emanuel Booz ...
L'amateur de foot
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La Grenouille
Catherine Albin ...
La fille bar Colette
François Auger
Mehdi Babou ...
Un baigneur
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Fred is a gambler and deep in debt. He owes crime boss Victor a lot of money and the time to pay has come. Gégé, his loyal friend, advises him to make money quickly, or face the consequences. But Fred, at this moment, has other ideas in his head. He is obsessed with his young ex, BB. He is still madly in love with her, but she wants nothing more to do with him. She wants to be happy, far away from Fred, and his gambling. He wants to try again and promises to change, but she will not listen. Fred, without her, sees no reason to keep going. He decides to take a massive risk to refund his debts. He agrees to kill a man. Victor arranges the hit. Fred carries out his contract, but realizes it is a trap: somebody is there who wants to eliminate him. But Fred is prompter to draw his gun and kills the assassin. He knows now that his life will be very difficult. Impossible even with two gangs after him. Then he meets Colette (Girardot). She has had a difficult life and now dreams of peace. She... Written by J Grimshaw

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Philippe Leotard deserved better!
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Philippe Leotard was a very talented actor who passed away recently.Since his debut (his first important part was in the war movie "avoir vingt ans dans les Aurès" though he already was in TRuffault -who "invented" him,they say- in "domicile conjugal"),he remained an interesting personality,a Serge Gainsbourg who would have relinquished music for the movies.Like the great singer/composer,his premature death suggests he probably used to burn the candle at both ends.To crown it all,his brother was a politician , the minister of defense at the time at that!(Leotard used to say:me,I'm the minister of "défonce" (=getting high!)) Everything rests on his shoulders and the director contents himself with a story full of clichés (an umpteenth version of Dassin's "night and the city" ,if you know what I mean).The lighting effects favor dark blue and orange and most of the action takes place at night.A pre-AA Juliette Binoche briefly appears as a singer.Annie Girardot could have been an ideal co-star for Leotard but her part is so underwritten it's a wonder we remember her.Watchable for Leotard's fans but only for them.


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