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Détective (1985)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  23 August 1985 (USA)
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In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurent Terzieff ...
William Prospero
Aurelle Doazan ...
Arielle
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Inspector Neveu
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Françoise Chenal
Claude Brasseur ...
Emile Chenal
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Alain Cuny ...
Old Mafioso
Xavier Saint-Macary ...
Accountant
Pierre Bertin ...
Young Son
Alexandra Garijo ...
Young Daughter
Stéphane Ferrara ...
Tiger Jones
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Eugène Berthier ...
Old manager
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Wise young girl
Cyrille Dajinckourt ...
La fille
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In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge amount of money. But Jim also owes money to the Mafia, and it seems the boxing match he is counting on to bail out will not be sufficient... Written by Yepok

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Jean-Luc Godard dedicated the film to John Cassavetes, Edgar G. Ulmer and Clint Eastwood. See more »

Quotes

Tiger Jones: Tiger Jones - - I'll knock him out!
Françoise Chenal: Isn't he Tiger Jones?
Jim Fox Warner: Yeah, but a champion always fights himself.
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Exploded View of a Crime Movie
18 January 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This movie is said to have been filmed by Godard on commission from producer Alain Sarde, but it's by no means your ordinary "commissioned movie":it does boast a cast with well-known stars (at least in France) and it retains all the crime movie's stereotypes ( as gangsters, guns, boxers, girls, moneys changing hands...), but all of them are put together in a unique and mesmerizing way. Think of those exploded views you sometimes find in technical magazines: more often than not you can hardly tell what the represented object is supposed to be, nevertheless you always lose yourself gazing at those craftily drawn little pieces, until the object itself is deprived of any functional meaning and become only a sheer, pure sign. Though it's still possible to keep track of the plot and to draw something like a sequential chain going through the scenes, doing so is the best way to miss what this movie have really to offer: a collection of beautifully shot "vignettes", varying from amusing (Jean-Pierre Léaud freaking out in various disguises) to sublime (the "breast boxing" scene), each one to be tasted as a separate entity. There are plenty of quotes from books and other movies too, to the entertainment of the most encyclopedic among the audience (not that these quotes are introduced in the most subtle way: often the characters reads them from the actual books and you can easy spot the titles on screen! ) . Let's face it: it may be not a masterpiece, since sometimes the screenplay seems to have been conceived with the only aim of pushing you away from the screen, but the persevering viewer will be rewarded with some endearing little gems.


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