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Détective (1985)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 23 August 1985 (USA)
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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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 ...
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Pierre Bertin ...
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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Trivia

Film debut of Julie Delpy. 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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Features The Lost Squadron (1932) See more »

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Symphony in b minor, No.8, D.759, 'Unfinished', 1st movement: Allegro moderato
by Franz Schubert.
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Why did I like this late middle period Godard!?
31 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wow, this is difficult. Why did I like this late middle period Godard!? I think what it is, is that at the start I was struggling with what seemed a complicated narrative and gradually became captivated by the performers (or stars as Godard clearly describes them in the opening credits). The plot, or plots, involve the solving of a motiveless murder two years previously and two people trying to get money back from a boxing promoter who owes the mafia. Except that although vaguely setting up these 'narratives', Godard seems to have no intention of developing them; instead we find ourselves interacting with the 'stars'. It does not work well all the time, to someone who is not French anyway, but there are many super sequences, much charm, lots of humour and even some eroticism. Always well shot, this has a super cool look to it and occasionally the dialogue truly sparkles. Don't seek the story, just the people and enjoy.


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