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Le marginal (1983)

The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way.

Director:

Jacques Deray

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Jacques Deray (scenario), Jean Herman (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Commissaire Philippe Jordan
Henry Silva ... Sauveur Meccacci
Carlos Sotto Mayor Carlos Sotto Mayor ... Livia Maria Dolores
Pierre Vernier ... Inspecteur Rojinski
Maurice Barrier ... Tonton
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Antonio Baldi
Tchéky Karyo ... Francis Pierron
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Maître Cappa
Roger Dumas ... Inspecteur Simon
Gabriel Cattand Gabriel Cattand ... Contrôleur Dumas
Michel Robin ... Alfred Gonet dit Freddy le chimiste
Jacques David Jacques David
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Antoine
Didier Sauvegrain Didier Sauvegrain ... Un tueur de Meccaci / Alfred's murderer
Stéphane Ferrara Stéphane Ferrara ... L'indic assassiné
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Fed-up with the inefficiency of the Marseille police, Paris sends drug-enforcement specialist Philippe Jordan to Marseille. He's supposed to assist the local law enforcement dismantle the drug networks, especially mobster Sauveur Mecacci's network. So far, Mecacci has managed to elude capture or successful prosecution by local authorities. However, Inspector Philippe Jordan's unorthodox law enforcement style may prove efficient against Mecacci if Jordan receives a free-hand green-light from the Marseille police bosses and if he survives the frequent attempts against his life, of course. Once at work, Inspector Philippe Jordan's rough style creates mayhem in the city of Marseille and triggers numerous complaints from the Mayor's Office, from outraged citizens and from the lawyers of a scared Mecacci who wants to see Jordan dead. These things, in turn, tell Jordan he's on the right track. Written by nufs68

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 October 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eu, Marginal See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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3rd highest grossing movie of its year in France. See more »

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THE OUTSIDER (Jacques Deray, 1983) **1/2
9 February 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Just as Jean-Paul Belmondo's THE PROFESSIONAL (1981) recalled the Charles Bronson 'loner' action vehicles, this one evokes memories of Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" cop shows…which, by extension, connects it to the Italian poliziotteschi – of which the American co-star of THE OUTSIDER, Henry Silva, was a regular! Anyway, Belmondo is a maverick cop up against drug kingpin Silva: he intercepts a consignment of heroin (chasing the speedboat transporting it via helicopter), but the criminal's influence with city officials gets him transferred from Marseille to a low-life district! As was the case with the earlier film, the credits take care to establish the fact that the ageing star performed his own (often dangerous) stunts; in fact, every fifteen minutes or so, he's seen getting into a scuffle, a chase or a shoot-out – without necessarily advancing the main plot.

Still, in spite of the protagonist's superficial nonchalance, he's shown to have a heart: befriending a hooker, saving a convict's teenage daughter from life as a junkie, and paternally overseeing the 'legitimate' activity of a young small-time crook; when the latter opposes Silva's offer of 'protection' and winds up dead, the conflict between policeman and racketeer becomes a personal one. Mind you, the overall handling is anything but subtle – and blatantly commercial (why else would we be treated to the excess of sleaze on display, including an irrelevant excursion at a gay club?)! The film features another Ennio Morricone score which virtually hinges on a single catchy riff, though it's not quite as haunting as his work on THE PROFESSIONAL. The R2 DVD I rented also featured an Audio Commentary by director Deray which was, unfortunately, unsubtitled and enticing theatrical trailers for two other films Belmondo made for director Philippe De Broca, LE MAGNIFIQUE (1973) and L'INCORRIGIBLE (1975).


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