The Tiger Brigades (2006)
"Les brigades du Tigre" (original title)

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The film, set in 1912, is about the exploits of France's first motorized police brigade.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Le commissaire Paul Valentin -le chef des brigades mobiles
La princesse Constance Radetsky - la femme anarchiste d'un prince russe
L'inspecteur Marcel Terrasson -dit Le Colosse, un adjoint de Valentin
L'inspecteur stagiaire Achille Bianchi - de la brigade mobile
Thierry Frémont ...
Piotr - un anarchiste
Léa - une prostituée au grand coeur
Aleksandr Medvedev ...
Le prince Volkonsky - un plénipotentiaire du Tsar, le mari de Constance (as Alexandre Medvedev)
Le commissaire principal Faivre
Didier Flamand ...
Le préfet de police
Philippe Duquesne ...
Casimir Cagne - un banquier
Pierre Berriau ...
Raymond Caillememin
Marc Robert ...


In 1907, following a violent crime wave, French President Georges Clémenceau decides to create the first motorized police brigade, soon nicknamed the Tiger's brigades. One of the first missions assigned to chief inspector Paul Valentin and his daring men, inspectors Terrasson,Pujol and trainee inspector Achille Bianchi, is to neutralize Jules Bonnot and his ruthless gang of anarchists ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Paris. 1912. If you thought it was "La Belle Epoque"....Think again.


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Release Date:

12 April 2006 (France)  »

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The Tiger Brigades  »

Box Office


€24,400,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Finnish certificate # 203603 delivered on 2-10-2006. See more »


As he flees the blacksmith's, Bonnot shoots at Valentin damaging the windscreen on the car. The number, size and position of these holes in the windscreen changes between shots. See more »


Remake of The Tiger Brigades (1974) See more »


La complainte des apaches
Composed by Claude Bolling (1974)
Adapted by Olivier Florio (2005)
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8 May 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I don't like the first review that was made on it...Just to explain one of my "complaints" : first, it is not a "special forces type film" at all...and i won't even comment on the rest...*roll eyes*

This film is a success in many aspects IMHO despite all the fears i had when i discovered who would be directing it...

It's adapted from a very well-known French TV series of the same name which was a huge success in the 70s in France. The script is well-written IMHO. You feel they've done their homework. The magazine Historia even dedicated a whole edition to this movie in a way and the whole historical period it depicted... Interviews of its makers revealed that they've done their best to keep the spirit of the series while still taking risks choosing a Belgian to play an Occitan French with a strong southern accent typical of Occitans(that's a bit polemical here by the way...), trying to mix huge parts of history and historical figures in the story (Minister Jean Jaurès and his journal L'Humanité, Paris Préfet etc...), The Triple Entente, the "prémices" of WWI, the 'Russian Loans', "La Bande à Bonnot", the "prémices" of the Russian Revolution and of socialism, emergence of new types of criminality and new ways of fighting crime in response, rivalry between the Brigades du Tigre and the Parisian Police in Paris and other Préfectures in the rest of France..., scientific discoveries which started helping the police at the time, the corruption and affairs of the time, touchy political subjects of the time and used for some of them to make parallels with current situations and to fire critics at some current problems in France etc...

The European actors (German Diane Kruger, Italian Stefano Accorsi from the great movie Romanzo Criminale, Belgian star Olivier Gourmet that it's no need to present now after having shown his talent times and times again, he's choosing a new kind of role for him there...) are fantastic, same for the Frenchies: Clovis Cornillac (this guy is over talented and it still shows in "popular" films like that...), Léa Drucker (she's not only good in plays, cinéma should use her more after this and Virgil hopefully...), Édouard Baer, Agnès Soral (always in small roles but always perfect), Flamand on top...; the characters are well-depicted, the feeling of the time too, musically, esthetically that's OK too (i couldn't forget of the main theme song after seeing the movie, Olivier Florio modernized it well...). Go see it!

It's got so many levels to it and it succeeds at each of them : drama, critics made, historical depiction and analysis in a way, action, aesthetic aspect of the film (its overall look etc...i don't know if the word aesthetic is even existing ...erm...), and so on...For once, a film based on a successful TV series isn't a flop...

I can't wait to see the sequel. Yep. A sequel is already in the making. These characters (both fictive or real) and the time period they evolve in can give a lot more since they're so rich so i think that's justified...=)

I hope you'll find my review helpful guys...

PS : I appologize in advance for any butchering of English i would have made. It would not be not intentional. My English is actually that bad... Sorry.

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