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Showdown (1968)

Le pacha (original title)
Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his... See full summary »


Georges Lautner


Jean Laborde (novel), Michel Audiard (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Comissaire Joss, le Pacha
Dany Carrel ... Nathalie Villar
Jean Gaven ... Marc
André Pousse ... Quinquin
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... Le directeur chez Boucheron
Gérard Buhr ... Arsène
Robert Dalban ... Inspecteur Gouvion
Maurice Garrel ... Brunet
Pierre Koulak Pierre Koulak ... Marcel le Coréen
Pierre Leproux Pierre Leproux ... Druber
Frédéric de Pasquale Frédéric de Pasquale ... Alfred
André Weber André Weber ... Gino
Yves Arcanel Yves Arcanel ... Un inspecteur de la Police Judiciaire
Maurice Auzel Maurice Auzel ... Un homme de la bande à Émile
Yves Barsacq ... Médecin légiste


Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his own, which leads him through the bas-fond of Paris... Written by Artemis-9

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The music score performed just before the armored truck heist sequence is the same the audience can hear in the film Z, in which there is a fighting sequence between two men on a tricycle carrier platform. The name of the music is Batucada Meurtrière and performed by Michel Colombier. It has never been mentioned anywhere. Only a close watching of those two scenes can notice that. See more »


Comissaire Joss, le Pacha: The day they put jerks into orbit, you won't stop rotating soon!
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Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Arranged and Performed by Michel Colombier Et Son Orchestre
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LE PACHA (Georges Lautner, 1968) ***
7 October 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This was another Jean Gabin vehicle which often turned up on Italian TV; having decided to check it out, I'm glad I did because it's a pretty good policier!

Despite his advancing age, the star is wholly believable as the dogged Police Commissioner (the "Pacha" of the title) - out to avenge his childhood, albeit shady, friend - who's also something of an amiable curmudgeon. The film features an elaborate daylight robbery sequence - after which one member of the gang eliminates all his associates in order to keep the loot for himself (one of them is pushed inside his car onto thin ice which naturally breaks and engulfs him)! - and is fast-paced, and short, enough to never overstay its welcome. Besides, it's given a tremendous boost by a modern percussion-heavy score by celebrated performer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg (who even appears as himself during a recording session of the tune heard over the opening credits!).

There's also a hilarious scene in which the old-fashioned Gabin visits a hippie club - in search of a girl (Dany Carrel of MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN [1960]) who, apart from being a fling of Gabin's deceased colleague, is a link to the robbery mentioned above since she's the sister of one of the culprits (now also dead). Therefore, she and Gabin conspire to trap the man responsible for both deeds and the film ends with an indiscriminate shoot-out - punctuated by an ominous organ drone - in an abandoned warehouse (which curiously anticipates the climax of THE FRENCH CONNECTION [1971]!).

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14 March 1968 (France) See more »

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