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7 October 1998 (France) See more »
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A private investigator (nicknamed Octopus after his long arms) travels to the small town of Angernaud... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Needs some subtitles, but is definitely entertaining See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)

Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Gabriel Lecouvreur, 'le Poulpe'

Clotilde Courau ... Cheryl
Stéphane Boucher ... Chauffeur de taxi
Julie Delarme ... Sandra
Aristide Demonico ... Pedro

James Faulkner ... Thomas
Jean-François Gallotte ... Patron de bar 1
Nicolas Jouhet ... Chauffeur Jaguar
François Levantal ... Agresseur dans le train
Bruno Lochet ... Gendarme
Martine Logier ... Marie-Jeanne Desanges

Philippe Nahon ... Patron de bar 2
Julien Rassam ... Le Travesti

Frédéric van den Driessche ... Nicolas Lesprit
Yves Verhoeven ... La Fouine
Didier Abot ... Guichetier SNCF
Christian Anneix ... Buveur bar 1
Gérard Barreaux ... Buveur bar 2
Claude Bergamin ... Contradicteur JT 2
Bernard Binet ... Barman
Sophie Bonnaure ... Journaliste JT
Gérard Bourgarel ... Inconnu cargo
Patrice Boutin ... Homme de main
Jean-Claude Braquet ... Homme au survêtement
Catherine Buquen ... Amie de Lesprit
Céline Cailleau ... Copine de Chéryl
Irène Casu ... Madame Perez
Patrick Des Mazery ... Journaliste JT
Rodolfo De Souza ... Capitaine cargo
Joseph Drezga ... Cuisinier bar
Alain Emelin ... Buveur marché
Joseph Falcucci ... Employé cimetière
Marc Faure ... Interviewé JT
Olivier Foubert ... Jeune à la Corvette
Christophe Giordano ... Buveur bar
Isabelle Gomez ... Gardienne de l'Ecomusée
Jean-Louis Grinfeld ... Patron de bar 3
Yann Guillemot ... Serveur
Lise Lamétrie ... Secrétaire mairie
Jean-Jacques Lefeuvre ... Buveur bar
Yann Olejarz ... Journaliste
Jessie Palicot ... Vendeuse
Nicolas Pissaboeuf ... Marin
René Rabreau ... Buveur marché
Sébastien Rocquefelte ... Homme de main
Michel Trillot ... Facteur
Michel Valmer ... Producteur muscadet
Sandy Welch ... Second du cargo
Gilbert Zind ... Contradicteur JT 1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne-Sophie Bozon ... Figuration principale

Directed by
Guillaume Nicloux 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guillaume Nicloux  writer
Jean-Bernard Pouy  writer
Patrick Raynal  writer

Produced by
Charles Gassot .... producer
Jacques Hinstin .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexander Balanescu 
Cinematography by
Pascal Gennesseaux 
Film Editing by
Stéphane Pereira 
Casting by
Pascale Béraud 
Margot Capelier 
Brigitte Moidon 
Production Design by
Jean-Marc Kerdelhué 
Art Direction by
Cécile Arlet Colin 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Bouchard 
Makeup Department
Patrick Girault .... key hair stylist
Annick Legout .... makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel Chevalier .... production manager
Jean-Marc Duez .... production manager
Susanna Lo .... assistant production manager
Gilles Loutfi .... unit manager
Trystram Sylvain .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stéphane Batut .... crowd assistant director
Philippe Guiheneuf .... second second assistant director
Raphaëlle Piani .... third assistant director
Art Department
Fabrice Bouchelet .... art crew
Christian Gazio .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Pierre André .... sound editing assistant
Julien Cloquet .... adr engineer
Dominique Dalmasso .... sound mixer
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Guillaume Sciama .... sound recordist
Jérôme Wiciak .... assistant sound editor
Jean-Pierre Halbwachs .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gaston Marcotti .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Pascal Berceot .... first assistant camera: second unit
Stéphane Cry .... electrician
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Eric Thurot .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nathalie Chesnais .... costumer
Editorial Department
Olivier Fontenay .... color timer
Nadine Verdier .... assistant editor
Music Department
Samy Bardet .... assistant music mixer
Bruno Mercere .... music mixer
Stéphane Pereira .... singer
Other crew
Anne Wermelinger .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Octopus" - USA (literal English title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud)


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Needs some subtitles, but is definitely entertaining, 20 October 2014
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

I'll have to defer to the plot posted on this site because this is only available in French with no subtitles at all. The movie is about a particularly seedy private detective (Jean-Pierre Darrousin) called "The Octopus", who actually acts more like a gangster. He goes to a seaside town to collect some money and spends most of the movie beating people up or getting beat up himself. However, somebody is killing a lot of the people he's trying to collect from and he senses a conspiracy may be afoot. I guess the detective's nickname comes from his long arms, but I thought it might come from his numerous underworld helpers and contacts who seem to be a bunch of skid-row drunks and various other assorted lowlifes.

The one bit of glamor in his life, meanwhile, is his very hot, bisexual girlfriend (Clotilde Corault, )who spends most of the movie either naked or squeezed into various skin-tight outfits. She's a pretty tough cookie herself though--when she's surprised in the bathtub by three thugs, she holds them at bay with a big gun, dripping wet and dressed only in her birthday suit. "The Octopus" can't begin to satisfy this sexually voracious female, but he still finds time to take up with another, much more demure small-time prostitute (Julie Delarme)connected to the youth gang he is shaking down.

i'm not that familiar with Jean-Pierre Darrousin , but he's very good in this role, and he manages to look even more cool the more he gets beaten up (kind of like Jack Nicholson going around with a big bandage on his nose for most of "Chinatown"). The movie kind of reminded me of the British gangster classic "Get Carter", but while "the Octopus" is definitely hard-boiled and tough, he's more comical than menacing. Clotilde Corault is a pretty big actress in France these days, but outside of France, she's probably often confused with Julie Delpy, who she greatly resembles. She is REALLY sexy in this. Julie Delarme is more obscure. Her most famous role might be "Love, Sex, and Math", but she's pretty good as a young girl in over her head in the world of crime and sordid sex. The rest of the cast are appropriate sleazy--you can almost smell the booze and sweat coming off them.

This definitely needs some subtitles, but it is an entertaining movie.

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