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Le choc (1982)

After his last contract, the hitman Martin "Christian" Terrier tells his only friend Michel that he will retire; however Michel advises that the Organization will never let him go. ... See full summary »


Robin Davis, Alain Delon (uncredited)


Jean-Patrick Manchette (novel), Alain Delon (adaptation) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Martin Terrier / Christian
Catherine Deneuve ... Claire
Philippe Léotard ... Félix
Etienne Chicot ... Michel
Jean-Louis Richard ... Maubert, l'inspecteur de la DST
Catherine Leprince ... Mathilde
François Perrot ... Cox
Féodor Atkine ... Borévitch, dit 'Boro'
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Silvio
Myriam Pisacane Myriam Pisacane ... L'Ange Bleu (as Myriam)
Peter Bonke Peter Bonke ... Un terroriste
Dany Kogan Dany Kogan ... Rosana
Jean-Jacques Scheffer Jean-Jacques Scheffer ... Un terroriste
Marie Kéruzoré Marie Kéruzoré
Philippe Lelièvre


After his last contract, the hitman Martin "Christian" Terrier tells his only friend Michel that he will retire; however Michel advises that the Organization will never let him go. Christian visits his boss Cox to receive the payment for his last work and to inform his decision but Cox does not admit that he quits the Organization. Christian visits the manager of his money, Jeanne Faulques, and he learns that she had invested part of his money in a turkey farm in the countryside. He drives to the place to spend a couple of days and has a love affair with Claire, who runs the farm with her husband Félix and has a loveless marriage. Out of the blue, criminals arrive at the farm and Félix is murdered. Christian and Claire kill the killers and they head to Paris to travel abroad. However, Christian discovers that Jeanne is dead and his money was stolen from the bank safe. Then, Christian and Claire are abducted by the men of Cox that wants Christian to have his last contract. In return, ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The chief operator and cameraman Pierre-William Glenn spoke about the film in an article of "Première" where he said: "Le choc (1982) is a film that started too fast and whose preparation was not sufficient." See more »


References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »


Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
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So so...
25 June 2002 | by SorsimusSee all my reviews

Enjoyable, but by no means a great crime film starring Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve. The script is extremely cliched, so it is left to the actors to pull this one off. And to a certain extent they deliver.

The direction is unimaginative, but the production design is cool mostly in the form of locations. I'm not sure whether the version I saw was uncut, but doubt it would have made much difference.

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Release Date:

28 April 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Contract in Blood See more »

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Production Co:

Sara Films, T. Films See more »
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Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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