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Death of a Corrupt Man (1977)

Mort d'un pourri (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 7 December 1977 (France)
One early morning deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano, a racketeer with extant political connections. Serrano ... See full summary »


Georges Lautner


Jean Laborde (novel) (as Raf Vallet), Michel Audiard (dialogue)
2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Xavier 'Xav' Maréchal
Ornella Muti ... Valérie
Stéphane Audran ... Christiane
Mireille Darc ... Françoise
Maurice Ronet ... Philippe Dubaye
Michel Aumont ... Commissaire Moreau
Jean Bouise ... Commissaire Pernais
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Lucien Lacor
Julien Guiomar ... Fondari
Klaus Kinski ... Nicolas Tomski
François Chaumette François Chaumette ... Lansac
Xavier Depraz Xavier Depraz ... Marcel
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Paul
Colette Duval Colette Duval ... La secrétaire de Serrano
Carole Lange Carole Lange ... La fille du vestiaire


One early morning deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano, a racketeer with extant political connections. Serrano kept proofs of Dubaye's involvement in corrupt dealings and was poised to use them against the deputy. Xavier readily agrees to cover up for his old pal Philippe, but he soon runs into difficulties. Nobody believes Dubaye's alibi. And everybody -- influential personalities, powerful businessmen, dubious go-betweens and the police -- wants to get hold of the documents that served to blackmail Dubaye; by all possible means. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Final film with Alain Delon and Maurice Ronet appearing together on screen. See more »


In the car chase scene with Alain Delon and Ornella Muti being chased by the killers, the roads switches from soaking wet to bone dry between shots. See more »


Referenced in Hríchy pro pátera Knoxe: Intimní zálezitost (1992) See more »


Paris, 5 H Du Matin
Written by Philippe Sarde
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlo Savina
Featuring Stan Getz (Saxophone), Andy LaVerne (Piano), Rick Laird (Bass), Billy Hart (Drums), Marcel Azzola (Bandonéon) and Efrain Toro (Percussion)
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Politics and Corruption
24 May 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When Xavier 'Xav' Maréchal (Alain Delon) is awaken by his old friend Deputy Philippe Dubaye (Maurice Ronet), he learns that Philippe has killed the also politician Serrano (Charles Moulin) that has a dossier with documents proving the corruption of several politicians and businessmen including Philippe and was blackmailing him. Xavier accepts to provide an alibi to his friend and to follow the investigation to help Phillippe, who has stolen the dossier. But soon Xavier finds that a network of powerful men wants to retrieve the documents and he has to run to survive.

"Mort d'un pourri", a.k.a. "Death of a Corrupt Man", is a thriller based on politics and the related corruption of the Powers That Be. The plot is full of action with a hopeless conclusion. The beauty of Ornella Muti is impressive. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Morte de um Corrupto" ("The Death of a Corrupt Man")

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7 December 1977 (France) See more »

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The Twisted Detective See more »

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Adel Productions See more »
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1.66 : 1
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