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My New Partner (1984)

Les ripoux (original title)
R | | Comedy, Crime | 8 March 1985 (USA)
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A moderately corrupt veteran policeman teaches the art of bribes to his young partner. The rookie turns out to be an extremely capable student, and soon overtakes the teacher.


Claude Zidi


Didier Kaminka (dialogue), Simon Michaël (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... René Boirond
Thierry Lhermitte ... François Lesbuche
Régine ... Simone
Grace de Capitani Grace de Capitani ... Natasha (as Grace De Capitani)
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Vidal
Albert Simono Albert Simono ... Inspecteur Leblanc
Julien Guiomar ... Commissaire Bloret
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Dédé la Mitraille
Abou Bakar Abou Bakar ... Le receleur de montres Cartier
Pierre Baton Pierre Baton ... Le procureur
Bernard Bijaoui Bernard Bijaoui ... Camoun
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Un gardien
Julien Bukowski Julien Bukowski ... Le chauffeur de benne à ordures
François Cadet François Cadet ... L'hôtelier de l'hôtel Louxor
Jocelyn Canoen Jocelyn Canoen ... Le patron de la société de transports


Rene is a "ripou", a rotten cop who makes ends meet by accepting bribes, presents and free drinks from the people he should be putting in jail. When his partner retires, he must team up with Francois, a young police school graduate with a righteous attitude. He is hard to break and Rene has to trick him. He introduces Francois to a charming girl and forgets to mention she's a prostitute. Now Rene has something against Francois he can use in case his partner should want to reveal Rene's little commerce with the underworld. The partners ultimately become friends, get one another out of a tough situation, and manage to gather enough money to buy Rene his lifelong dream: a small café near the horse tracks. Written by Khandoma

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The buddy cop movie made in France (tv)
12 November 2013 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

That's it: no more DVD or web movies to watch, thus i become addict to what French TV can play: for this night before my trip to Malmo, a channel offers this french comedy that brings back for me good memories.

First, "Les Ripoux" was maybe the first video game I bought to play then on our TO9+ computer. So it was maybe in 1987. The game was incredible funny to play as the goal was similar to the movie: amass as much money as you can as a bad cop! To do that, you used a sort of Google map limited the Paris district called the golden triangle. There, you met crooks that you had to make talk by choosing lines of dialogs. Maybe the graphics were static but the game-play was really stunning!

Next, it's Paris in the eighties and this city in that period is really like a magnet to me since my childhood. But, beware the Paris depicted here isn't the city of lights but rather of darkness as this triangle is a highly deprived area with dense immigrated poor population. As you can see in the movie, it's looks old and derelict and now, in 2013, as urban renovation is inexistent in Paris to give way to gentrification, it's even worst!

As for the story, i think it's a accurate piece of French culture: We are really down to earth people, happy with a good meal, not really motivated at work, very lenient with rules, at least for the ones that are civil servants like me or those policemen. So France is really this mix between old USSR and a banana republic. The originality of this movie is to expose this truth in a comedy and i admit it's funny: Lhermitte is a good choice to play the naive, by the book blue cop as much as Noiret is perfect to play the voluble, sympathetic veteran.

While watching it, i was thinking to the American buddy cop movie and how this subject of corrupt cops is a bit leftover to prefer big guns, big fights... here, our two bad apples are really rotten to the core and we finally like them: a paradox !

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8 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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