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Flic Story (1975)

This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947. During three years Buisson manages to hide from detective ... See full summary »


Jacques Deray


Roger Borniche (autobiography), Alphonse Boudard | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Roger Borniche
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Emile Buisson
Renato Salvatori ... Mario Poncini
Claudine Auger ... Catherine
Maurice Biraud ... Le patron de l'hôtel Saint-Appoline
André Pousse ... Jean-Baptiste Buisson
Mario David ... Raymond Pelletier
Paul Crauchet ... Paul Robier
Denis Manuel ... L'inspecteur Lucien Darros
Marco Perrin ... Vieuchene
Henri Guybet ... L'inspecteur Hidoine
Maurice Barrier ... Rene Bollec
Françoise Dorner ... Suzanne Bollec
William Sabatier ... Ange
Adolfo Lastretti ... Jeannot - le Niçois


This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947. During three years Buisson manages to hide from detective Borniche by repeatedly killing his informants. When he's finally caught with help from the little criminal Paul, Buisson will have committed more than 100 robberies and killed 30 people. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Jean Baptiste Buisson, Jean Louis Trintignant's character's brother in true life - Emile Buisson - did not agree at all that his brother's life was filmed. But Alain Delon met him and Buisson finally accepted against a good check that Delon gave him. See more »


References Devil in the Flesh (1947) See more »


Musique Piano Et Dialogue
Dialogue between Renato Salvatori, Maurice Barrier and Alain Delon
Piano in the background performed by Claude Bolling
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Good adaptation of a true story
29 July 2003 | by thegreatswanSee all my reviews

For those who didn't know the criminal history of France : Emile Buisson, born in 1902, started his robbers' life during the 30's, with his older brother. He get married, but his wife and their child died while he was in jail. And after this tragedy, Buisson became a killer. From jailhouses to asylums, Buisson finally escaped in 1947. For three years, almost 20 people were murdered, coldly, brutally shot by Emile. All victims of robberies, or thieves suspected for betraying Buisson. He was the first one in France to be called "P.E.n°1". It's these three years which are counted in "Flic Story". The young inspector Borniche had a lot of work to do in order to arrest Buisson. And he succeeded in 1950. And that wasn't the end. For four years, every crime was studied, dissected. In 1954, Buisson was condemned to die. Twice. On the dawn of February 28th, 1956, in the Santé Prison, M.Obrecht, the executioner, released the guillotine's chopper on Buisson's neck.

But if Borniche hadn't wrote his book, nobody would even remember about Buisson. The book is really good. So is the movie. Trintignant is probably too cute to play Buisson, but he gives a real performance : a real dead cold assassin. You have to like Delon, of course, even if he is great as Borniche ! (I think he is unbearable !) A good police movie !

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Release Date:

1 October 1975 (France) See more »

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Cop Story See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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1.66 : 1
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