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Hothead (1979)

Coup de tête (original title)
The miserable football player becomes a town hero after bringing victory in extremely important game. He uses his fame for revenge to the team star for the previous mockeries.


Alain Godard (story), Francis Veber
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Dewaere ... François Perrin
France Dougnac ... Stéphanie
Dorothée Jemma Dorothée Jemma ... Marie
Maurice Barrier ... Berri, le patron du 'Penalty'
Robert Dalban ... Jeanjean, le vieux dirigeant
Mario David ... Rumin, le kinési
Hubert Deschamps ... Le directeur de la prison
Dora Doll ... La religieuse en chef
François Dyrek François Dyrek ... Le chauffeur du premier camion
Patrick Floersheim ... Berthier
Michel Fortin Michel Fortin ... Langlumey
Jacques Frantz ... Le chauffeur du second camion
Gérard Hernandez Gérard Hernandez ... L'inspecteur
Claude Legros Claude Legros ... Poilane, le serveur
Corinne Marchand ... Madame Sivardière


François Perrin plays football at the AS Trincamp. During a training session, he gets into a fight with Bertier, the team's star, and is ordered off the field. The club's boss, who is also a powerful businessman, takes advantage of the situation and sacks him... But Perrin's revenge will be sweet. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Comedy | Drama | Sport


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Alternate Versions

In Spain the movie was dubbed twice. First on its theatrical release in 1982, and again in 2013 when it was release for the first time on DVD. The 1982 dubbing can only be found on the 80s VHS. See more »


Featured in Coup de Tête: L'Atelier Technique (2004) See more »

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A sly, wry, immensely satisfying comedy of revenge
19 March 1999 | by metaphor-2See all my reviews

A wonderful and little-known film, starring the late, great Patrick DaWaere as a hot-headed young man who works in a French factory town where the town's morale is intimately linked to the football (i.e. soccer) team. To be on the team and work in the factory are all there is in this town.

When the star of the team commits a crime, the town's most powerful citizens decide that someone else must take the blame, because they can't afford to lose the culprit from the team... it would be bad for business. So they scapegoat the hot-head, instead. But he returns to wreak his revenge... or rather, to outwit the guilty into wreaking revenge on themselves for him.

An unusual film for Annaud, a typically brilliant piece of scripting by Veber, and a thoroughly engaging performance by DaWaere as the wronged man. Whatever happened to this movie?

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Release Date:

14 February 1979 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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