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Coup de Torchon ()

Coup de torchon (original title)
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A pathetic police chief, humiliated by everyone around him, suddenly wants a clean slate in life - and resorts to drastic means to do so.

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Lucien Cordier
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Rose Marcaillou
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Le Peron et son frère L'adjudant Georges Le Peron
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Huguette Cordier
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Nono - l'amant demeuré d'Huguette
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Marcel Chavasson
Irène Skobline ...
Anne - la nouvelle institutrice
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Vanderbrouck - un nouveau riche arrogant
Jean Champion ...
Priest
Victor Garrivier ...
Marcaillou
Gérard Hernandez ...
Leonelli
Abdoulaye Diop ...
Fête Nat - le serviteur noir de Lucien
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Paulo - un flic larvaire
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Le colonel Tramichel
Raymond Hermantier ...
L'aveugle
Mamadou Dioumé ...
Mamadou - l'interprète
Samba Mané ...
Vendredi - un noir qui en sait trop
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Irénée Martin ...
La femme au cimetière (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bertrand Tavernier

Written by

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Jean Aurenche ... ()
 
Bertrand Tavernier ... ()
 
Jim Thompson ... (novel "Pop. 1280")

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Henri Lassa ... producer
Adolphe Viezzi ... producer

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Philippe Sarde

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Pierre-William Glenn

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Armand Psenny

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Sophie Cornu ... assistant editor

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Alexandre Trauner

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Hubert de Varine
Franckie Diago ... (as Frankie Diago)

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Jacqueline Moreau

Makeup Department

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Paul Le Marinel ... key makeup artist
Ludovic Paris ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Jean-Louis Lapassade ... unit manager
Michel Nicolini ... unit production manager
Louis Wipf ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jean Achache ... assistant director
Frédéric Bourboulon ... assistant director
Daniel Deleforges ... trainee assistant director
Makhete Diallo ... assistant director
Roland Fruytier ... trainee assistant director

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René Albouze ... props
Georges Bouillette ... construction manager
Pierre Fontaine ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Catherine D'Hoir ... assistant sound editor
Michel Desrois ... sound
Maurice Gilbert ... sound mixer
Luce Grunenwaldt ... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Lelong ... foley artist
Dominique Levert ... boom operator
Claude Villand ... sound mixer

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Albert Bonomi ... key grip
Armand Bonomi ... grip
Marc Casi ... grip
Alain Choquart ... second assistant camera
Michael Coulter ... first assistant camera
Pierre-William Glenn ... steadicam operator
Michel Lombardo ... electrician
Rene Rochera ... chief electrician
Abdoulaye Sy ... electrician
Moussa Touré ... electrician
Jean-Claude Vicquery ... camera operator

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Yvette Bonnay ... assistant costume designer
Karl Lagerfeld ... costumer
Irénée Martin ... assistant costume designer

Music Department

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William Flageollet ... music mixer
Peter Knight ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

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Claudine Taulère ... script supervisor

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Sylvie Crouet ... production secretary
Peter Fernandez ... voice director: English version
Simon Mizrahi ... press attache
Pauline Montel ... production administrator

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Coup de Torchon (United States)
  • Coup de Torchon (World-wide, English title)
  • Coup de Torchon (United Kingdom)
  • 1280 almas (Spain)
  • Baralla (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 128 min
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Trivia The singer Eddy Mitchell, in a major fictional role for the first time, thought he was so bad after watching the dailies that he insisted to do some of his scenes once again. Because no one would agree, he jokingly stated: "since I'm actually the richest one of the crew, I'll pay for all the scenes I'm allowed to do again" and was almost taken seriously. From then on, he never went to watch the dailies again. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Scenes Under the Midnight Sun (1987). See more »
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 »
Quotes Lucien Cordier: Do you know why dogs sniff each other's butts? When dogs still ruled the world, they held a convention to vote new laws. The head dog said: "I suggest that due to poor hygiene here, our assholes we leave at the door." The dogs agreed and de-assholed. But just then, a tornado blew in and mixed all the assholes up. Not one dog recognized his own. Ever since, they smell each other's asses. And it'll go on till the end of time.
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