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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Martin Terrier / Christian
Catherine Deneuve ... Claire
Philippe Léotard ... Félix
Etienne Chicot ... Michel
Jean-Louis Richard 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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Release Date:

28 April 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Contract in Blood See more »

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

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1.66 : 1
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After the success of La guerre des polices (1979), Robin Davis did not want to be cataloged as a director of this genre and refused for two years many proposals to direct this type of film again. But when the producers Alain Sarde and Alain Terzian came to see him to ask him to make a film with Alain Delon, the idea interested him. There were no plans yet what the film would be. Robin Davis launched the idea of a French Bonnie and Clyde and the name Catherine Deneuve came quickly on the table. The director then read all sorts of novels and fell onto Jean-Patrick Manchette's "La position du tireur couché". He saw in the main character the opportunity to revisit the usual role for Alain Delon. "Terrier in the book was a totally crazy guy who lived in a cellar, ate cold spaghetti, was perpetually drunk and helpless, with a nihilistic relationship to women, in a completely crazy story. "

Robin Davis wrote a first draft that was close to the novel's depiction of Terrier and read it to the producers and the star. "At the end, this approach fell apart: Alain Delon is a myth. A myth does not eat cold spaghetti in a cellar. " He then reversed the polarities and the anti-hero became a hero, a classic character of the police genre, the killer who decides to hang up, a role already interpreted by the actor in No Way Out (1973) by Duccio Tessari. Dominique Robelet, Claude Veillot, and Alain Delon himself, as well as other writers who did not wish to be credited, all worked on the new adaptation.

Jean-Patrick Manchette, who had two of his other novels adapted by and starred Alain Delon, 3 hommes à abattre (1980) and Pour la peau d'un flic (1981), was not worried about the different approach taken in the adaptation. As soon as Alain Delon embodied the hero of Le choc (1982), he was sure that the character was not going to end up invalid and spoiled as in the novel, and that did not bother him. See more »


Referenced in Rendez-vous (1985) See more »


Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
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Banal Delon vehicle with well-executed violence
19 May 2005 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

As an Alain Delon vehicle, "Le Choc" is a shockingly (pun intended) banal programmer, occasionally livened up by the well-executed moments of violence (and they are plenty: fork through the palm, knife through the head, fireplace poker through the stomach, etc.). As one of the very few Delon-Deneuve pairings, it's nothing much: the only surprising thing about their love scene is how early into the film it comes. Delon has played this kind of role a million times before, but he does give a convincing performance, and easily (at least on this occasion) outclasses Deneuve. They both go for a rather "inexpressive" style of acting, but you can read a lot more on his face that you can on hers. For those who might care, he also has a full-frontal nude scene in this film BUT it's shot from a long distance and he's behind a glass wall. (**)

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