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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

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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

Tavernier has said about "Coup de Torchon," "It's about revenge, of course, but it's about something else as well. It's about God and free will, and it has a lot of religious and metaphysical implications, some of which Jean Aurenche and I invented, and some of which are in the book." See more »

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The movie begins with a scene during a total eclipse of the sun. Between 1933 (Hitler comes to power) and 1939 (invasion of France), no path of totality from any solar eclipse touched French West Africa. See more »

Quotes

Lucien Cordier: Do you know the question no one can answer? The big question?
George Le Peron: Go ahead.
Lucien Cordier: When you scratch your balls, is it 'cause they itch, or 'cause it feels good?
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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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A film noir in pastel
20 February 2005 | by SouscollineSee all my reviews

Bertrand Tavernier has taken the novel "TOP 1280" by Jim Thompson set in North Carolina and produced a riveting French film noir set in Senegal in 1938. At that time it was a French colony that exhibited similar social and racial patterns as in the American South. The use of color and humor add a new dimension to the genre. Tavernier in his comments about the film on the DVD talks about the change in the light in the late afternoon in west Africa. It becomes less intense so he uses pastel colors. Note the light blue walls and the pink shirt of Philippe Noiret who is superb as the village policeman Cordier. Isabelle Huppert who plays the mistress of Cordier with intensity and humor and the other actors make this a must see film. There is much humor in the film but be aware that there are many violent scenes. This is French film noir at it's best.


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