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Détective (1985)

Unrated  |   |  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 ...
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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Features Beauty and the Beast (1946) See more »

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One of the most beautiful...
18 April 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

...of all the Godard films I've seen, and I've seen practically all of them. I don't care much about the plot: who Jim Fox Warner is, and why he takes such a casual approach to what must be a big fight, who Tiger Jones is either, and why the two girls are hanging around the hotel suite; I don't care much about the old Mafioso who seems to have his finger in every pie (played marvelously by Alain Cuny, with that splendidly seamed face). The 40 million Francs that Chenal owes are just a detail; the cheating that his wife Francoise is doing doesn't move me much... no, all these details are but a backdrop for the wonderful lesson in cinema that Godard gives us here. I've never seen him take such care over rooms and corridors, kitchens and storerooms as he does here. It's lovely--what he does with this Parisian hotel makes this a great experience. Narrative has never interested him much, but it doesn't matter: visuals and music are used very well throughout.

Nathalie Baye has never been more beautiful on screen: Godard's camera is in love with her. Claude Brasseur gives a good performance as the pilot whose airline is coming apart.


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