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Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner named... See more »

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Lambert
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Bensoussan
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Lola (as Agnes Soral)
Mahmoud Zemmouri ...
Rachid
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Bauer (as Philippe Leotard)
Albert Dray ...
Sylvio
Ben Smaïl ...
Mahmoud (as Ben Smail)
Pierrick Mescam ...
First client service station
Mickaël Pichet ...
Mickey (as Mickael Paul)
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Momo (as Michel Paul)
Annie Kerani ...
Black Lady
Vincent Martin ...
Second customer service station

Directed by

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Claude Berri

Written by

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Alain Page ... (novel)
 
Claude Berri ... (scenario)
 
Alain Page ... (dialogue)

Produced by

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Pierre Grunstein ... producer
Christian Spillemaecker ... associate producer

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Charlélie Couture

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Bruno Nuytten

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Hervé de Luze

Editorial Department

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Suzanne Koch ... assistant editor
Corinne Lazare ... assistant editor
Philippe Tourret ... color timer

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Marie-Christine Lafosse

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Alexandre Trauner

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Sylvie Gautrelet

Makeup Department

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Didier Lavergne ... makeup artist
Ludovic Paris ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Patrick Bordier ... unit manager
Alain Depardieu ... production manager
Jean-Louis Monthieux ... unit manager

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Pascal Baeumler ... assistant director
Xavier Castano ... first assistant director
Eric Loeb ... assistant director
Sophie Mercier ... assistant director

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Marcel Laude ... property master

Sound Department

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Pierre Davoust ... boom operator
Jean Labussière ... sound
Gérard Lamps ... re-recording mixer
Arlette Langmann ... sound editor
Jacques Lévy ... post-synchronisation
Alain Marchall ... sound (as Alain Marchal)
Gilbert Nottin ... foley artist

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Jean-François Cousson ... special effects
Paul Trielli ... special effects

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Frederic Moreau ... optical effects
Philippe Tourret ... restoration coordinator

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Gilles Conseil ... stunts
Daniel Vérité ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jean-Luc Bezeau ... grip
Louis Bihi ... electrician
Bernard Brégier ... key grip
Gérard Buffard ... grip
Idislawe Kielar ... second assistant camera
Gilles Lienard ... electrician
Pascal Marti ... first assistant camera
Bernard Prim ... still photographer
Gérard Rival ... grip
Serge Valézy ... electrician
Christian Weyers ... gaffer
Georges Wilczynski ... assistant camera

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Jean-Louis Monthieux ... location manager

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Josée Bénabent-Loiseau ... press attache (as Josee Benabent)
Odette Darrigol ... production secretary
Henri Gilles ... production administrator
Patrick Morch ... groupman
Colette Suder ... production administrator
Hélène Sébillotte ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner named Rashid, comes to the station needing a spark plug for a stolen Moped. He and Lambert connect somehow, and a few days later, they go for a drink. The young man is too cavalier, and when he swipes Rashid's fancy motorcycle a couple of times, he's expendable. Lambert decides to avenge the young man and seeks information from Lola, a punk who knew Bensoussan. With surprising perseverance, she pierces Lambert's shell; he starts to feel again, tells Lola his story, and finds new enthusiasm for life. Written by

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Also Known As
  • So Long, Stooge (World-wide, English title)
  • Adiós, pelele (Spain)
  • Am Rande der Nacht (West Germany)
  • Чао, паяц (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Cao mali (Yugoslavia, Slovenian title)
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  • 100 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The title "Tchao, Pantin" became a very well-known expression in France to define a comedian's spectacular dramatic breakthrough, in reference to Coluche who only starred in comedies prior to the film and earned the César for his performance. The term can also be used in a derogatory way when a comedian's dramatic film fails to achieve the same success and then gets dismissed as a wannabe "Tchao pantin". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in La face cachée de Coluche (2008). See more »

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