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Pour la peau d'un flic (1981)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Romance | 9 September 1981 (France)
Victim of manipulation, Cop Choucas is wanted for two murders and searched for by every cop in town.


Alain Delon


Jean-Patrick Manchette (novel), Alain Delon (scenario & adaptation) (as A. Delon) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Choucas
Anne Parillaud ... Charlotte
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Coccioli
Jean-Pierre Darras ... Commissaire Chauffard
Xavier Depraz Xavier Depraz ... Kasper
Jacques Rispal ... Professeur Bachhoffer
Gérard Hérold Gérard Hérold ... Pradier (as Gerard Herold)
Pierre Belot Pierre Belot ... Jude, le pharmacien
Annick Alane Annick Alane ... Isabelle Pigot
Pascale Roberts ... Renée Mouzon
Jean Barney Jean Barney ... Le premier ricaneur
Etienne Chicot ... Le second ricaneur
Willy Holt Willy Holt ... L'homme qui a tué Fanch Tanguy
Michel Auclair ... Haymann
Michel Berreur Michel Berreur ... Pérez


In Paris, the ex-cop Choucas is a private detective that works with a mysterious partner, Tarpon, and the secretary Charlotte. He is presently working in an embezzlement case of an employee of the pharmacist Jude. When the middle-aged Isabelle Pigot hires him to investigate the disappearance of her blind twenty year-old daughter Marthe Pigot that worked at the Drillard Foundation for blinds, the Police Inspector Coccioli seeks Choucas out and asks him to drop the case. But Choucas proceeds with the investigation and schedules an encounter with Isabelle in a square, but she is murdered with a shot on the forehead. Chouca continues to investigate and soon the dirty Chief Inspector Madrier tries to kill Chouca, but he is only wounded and kills the inspector in self-defense. Then two criminals abduct Chouca but he succeeds to escape. He meets his secret partner, the retired Chief of Police Haymann, and Charlotte and they disclose a case of narcotics. Further, Choucas learns that he has ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Mireille Darc, who was Alain Delon's girlfriend at the time, is briefly seen crossing a street. See more »


[Around 01:03:xx] When Choucas avoid the police road blocking, the white BMW which is chasing him crashes in a Renault 5 and we can clearly see that its right front broke on the impact. A few seconds later, as they still chase Choucas (who takes the highway on the wrong way), the BMW is undamaged. See more »


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Delon directorial debut
21 January 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Obviously I'll watch anything with Tyrone Power or Alain Delon, but even I surprised myself with this. And I enjoyed it! Of course.

First off, may I say again that if there's anything I hate it's dubbing. Here Delon sounded like Robert Conrad. Everyone spoke English with American accents although the film takes place in France.

Someone here saw it in French because when Delon is injured and screams, his secretary tells him Burt Lancaster would never scream like that. The person who reviewed it said the name used was Belmondo. I wish I'd seen it in French.

Ex-cop Choucas, now a PI, is presently working on an embezzlement case at a pharmacist's. Then Isabelle Pigot hires him to investigate the disappearance of her blind daughter, Marthe Pigot, who worked at a foundation for the blind. Police Inspector Coccioli urges him to drop the case. But Choucas doesn't.

Choucas not only witnesses a killing, but is nearly killed himself, wounded, fights off two men in his office, and then his secretary is abducted. It doesn't seem as if anyone wants him to find Marthe.

Most of this film is a routine PI film, but it has humor, some good action, a little romance, and a bang-up finale. Delon is so sexy - and he wears the tightest pair of jeans I've ever seen. In fact, here his body has matured and the jeans push up some skin...when he shows his secretary where he was wounded, his short is off; he pulls the jeans down a little and sucks in that gut for all it's worth. Just a little trivia: This was something they always taught actors who stood in profile, but they don't seem to do it any longer. Dick Powell turned down the TV show Richard Diamond because "I can't hold my stomach in for 28 weeks."

Anyway, an enjoyable film.

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9 September 1981 (France) See more »

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To Kill a Cop See more »

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1.66 : 1
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