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Légitime violence (1982)

A man whose family were killed during an attempted robbery in a railway station decides to take the law into his own hands when the police do not track down the killers.

Director:

Serge Leroy

Writers:

Jean-Patrick Manchette (scenario), Patrick Laurent (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Brasseur ... Martin Modot
Véronique Genest ... Lucie Kasler
Thierry Lhermitte ... Edouard Kasler dit Eddy Roc
Roger Planchon ... Philippe Miller
Michel Aumont ... Le commissaire divisionnaire Henri Brousse
Plastic Bertrand Plastic Bertrand ... Himself - En personne
Pierre Michaël Pierre Michaël ... Robert Andreatti - le responsable d'un mouvement d'extrême-droite
Francis Lemarque Francis Lemarque ... Lucien Modot
Christian Bouillette Christian Bouillette ... L'inspecteur Paul Gouvion
Mireille Delcroix Mireille Delcroix ... Christine Modot
François Clavier François Clavier ... Le Gay
Francis Frappat Francis Frappat ... L'inspecteur Carducci
Arlette Gilbert Arlette Gilbert ... Mme Modot
Christopher Lambert ... Jockey (as Christophe Lambert)
Valérie Kaprisky ... Nadine
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A man whose family were killed during an attempted robbery in a railway station decides to take the law into his own hands when the police do not track down the killers.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 September 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A törvényes erőszak See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Soundtracks

Damned je suit fait
Chanson de Plastic Bertrand
Lyrics by Boris Bergman
Music by Lou
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A confusing work.
4 July 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The Police are inefficient so let's take the law in our own hands.Serge Leroy 's purpose was to denounce this attitude which became particularly threatening in the wake of the abolishment of death penalty by François Mitterrand in 1981 in France.

Unfortunately a long-winded complicated plot will not convince anybody.Besides,on many levels,Leroy offends people even if he does not mean to do it:

-The Police are all incompetent listless cowards.

-Homosexuals might resent him for making a gay nightclub a den of criminals,even if the owner (Thierry Lhermitte)is more stupid than really nasty.

-Women are also demeaned with a two bit bubble-head squalling chanteuse,Lhermitte's sister.

Actually the only nice person on the screen is Claude Brasseur's father,a sensible sensitive man who tells his son :"we've never brought you up that way!" Christophe Lambert appears in a small part.

André Cayatte had already shown how the populace could rule and take the law in its own hands in "le glaive et la balance" (1963) .Although dismissed at the time,he did a much better job than Leroy.


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