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The French Detective (1975)

Adieu poulet (original title)
When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit... See full summary »

Writers:

Jean Laborde (novel) (as Raf Vallet), Francis Veber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Le commissaire Verjeat
Patrick Dewaere ... L'inspecteur Lefèvre
Victor Lanoux ... Pierre Lardatte
Julien Guiomar ... Le contrôleur général Ledoux
Pierre Tornade Pierre Tornade ... le commissaire Pignol
Françoise Brion ... Marthe Rigaux, la patronne du bordel
Claude Rich ... Le juge Delmesse
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Roger
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Antoine Portor
Gérard Hérold Gérard Hérold ... l'inspecteur Moitrié
Gérard Dessalles Gérard Dessalles ... L'inspecteur Ransac
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... Mercier
Patrick Feigelson Patrick Feigelson ... Louis
Jean-Yves Gautier Jean-Yves Gautier ... Letellier
Pierre Londiche Pierre Londiche ... Jeanvier, l'indicateur au chien
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Storyline

When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit of the councilman, Lardatte, gets him a warning from his superiors. When he embarrasses Lardatte while disarming a hostage (the dead volunteer's father), Verjeat is told he's being transferred within a week. He speeds up his hunt for the goon and, with Lefévre, one of his young detectives, he engineers a complicated scheme to buy more time before the transfer. How should Verjeat play out his values of honor and duty? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The French Detective See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It was the first and only time Patrick Dewaere accepted to play a cop in a movie. He played a judge 2 years later in 'Le juge Fayard dit le sheriff' See more »

Connections

Referenced in Un jour, un destin: Patrick Dewaere: le dernier jour (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Poulets À L'Hopital
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde and Orchestra
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Good cop movie
28 September 2002 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Cop movie was truly a big part of French cinema in the 60's and the 70's. And this one is true to the genre. Granier-Deferre is able to make us care for commissaire Vergeat, the cop who's ready to use unorthodox ways to catch the bad guy. But Vergeat's way of doing things gets him into trouble. He's got to play politics. Ah! poor Vergeat!

One last thing: Lino Ventura does a terrific job playing the commissaire.

Out of 100, I give Adieu Poulet 82. That's good for *** out of ****.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on September 11th, 2002.


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