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Coup de Torchon (1981)

Coup de torchon (original title)
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A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.

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Bertrand Tavernier
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Lucien Cordier
Isabelle Huppert ... Rose Mercaillou
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Le Peron et son frère L'adjudant Georges Le Peron
Stéphane Audran ... Huguette Cordier
Eddy Mitchell ... Nono - l'amant demeuré d'Huguette
Guy Marchand ... Marcel Chavasson
Irène Skobline Irène Skobline ... Anne - la nouvelle institutrice
Michel Beaune ... Vanderbrouck - un nouveau riche arrogant
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Priest
Victor Garrivier Victor Garrivier ... Mercaillou
Gérard Hernandez Gérard Hernandez ... Leonelli
Abdoulaye Diop Abdoulaye Diop ... Fête Nat - le serviteur noir de Lucien
Daniel Langlet Daniel Langlet ... Paulo - un flic larvaire
François Perrot ... Le colonel Tramichel
Raymond Hermantier Raymond Hermantier ... L'aveugle
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Storyline

1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his wife Huguette) humiliates him. He never arrests anyone and looks at elsewhere when a dirty trick occurs. But one day, he turns into a machiavellian exterminating angel. Written by Yepok

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

4 November 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Coup de Torchon See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

France's official submission as Best Foreign Language Film to the 1983's Oscar. See more »

Goofs

When Marcel is playing billiards, he continues his turn even though he has not scored. See more »

Quotes

[Rose realizes she is wanted for murder]
Rose: You have to help me. I can't take it. What can I do?
Lucien Cordier: How the hell do I know? Any idiot can see they were shot with your gun.
Rose: But that's horrible!
Lucien Cordier: At first it is horrible. But then you start to think about starving kids, little girls sold into slavery, women whose sex is sewn up... God created murder out of pure kindness. Murder is nothing compared to those horrors.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, we are correctly informed that the film is based on the novel "Pop. 1280"; but during the end titles, we are informed that it is based on "Pop. 1275". This is consistent with the official title retained for the translation into French, which is "1275 Ames" (literally: "1275 Souls"), and which reflects the fact that 5 people have died during the course of action. See more »

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Features S.O.S. Mediterranean (1938) See more »

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Africa Screams
31 May 2004 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

Looking at the slew of negative comments that this movie has racked up I can't help wondering what drew these people to it in the first place. What drew ME were the names attached to it, Tavernier, one of THE great contemporary French directors, Phillipe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert, two all-time GREAT French actors. Okay, everyone has the occasional off day but when you get to THIS level of writing, acting, directing, even the bad ones eclipse by a country mile the BEST of such joke talents as Godard and Tarentino and this particular entry is far from bad if anybody asks you. So I'm left with the inescapable conclusion that all these whingers must have wandered into the movie theater thinking they were going to see Gidget Goes Hawaian or How To Stuff A Wild Bikini in which case it is easy to understand their misgivings. For the record this is an excellent example of The Biter Bit aka The Worm Turns and all the ingredients are out of the right bottle and come together in a heady and satisfying brew. 8/10


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