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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.

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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 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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Storyline

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:

El 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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Another winner!
2 May 2009 | by stuka24See all my reviews

With Belmondo as with many of the things that matter, either you love him or you don't. I do, and it comes in the family, so be forewarned :).

There are films that demand not to be analyzed. This is one. Belmondo is a cop who behaves like a gangster to, well, get the gangsters behind bars. His code of ethics wouldn't win medals in any police academy, even a Third World's. Speaking of which, the way we see Marseille, it could well be Turkey or Bolivia :). Facts are not stylized, our hero kills and fails to be killed just by chance. You feel the danger, for instance, when he gets into a squatter's den in order to rescue the daughter of somebody whom he put into jail. He's a hardened man, always with a good blunt answer: "You should have thought about this before!" is what he says to this man when he moans that his daughter has been caught by this delinquents. But then, he gets the victim out of trouble, from an environment that makes his real "nemesis" look less menacing.

Morricone's score doesn't disappoint, as usual. "Beautiful, elegant, tense, suffocating and full of melodrama" (written by Paul Werkmeister "miser42" on Amazon).

It's difficult not to compare this to the masterwork of the genre: THE PROFESSIONAL. While it remains at the top, this would make a great 2nd best, specially if you don't want to get emotional at the end.

Pierre Vernier makes a great if unusual (and thus, welcome) sidekick. Like Jordan, sometimes he doesn't need to utter a word to answer. Henry Silva is finely cast.

Enjoy!


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