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Detective (1985)

Détective (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 23 August 1985 (USA)
In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge ... See full summary »

Director:

Jean-Luc Godard

Writers:

Alain Sarde (screenplay), Philippe Setbon (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurent Terzieff ... William Prospero
Aurelle Doazan Aurelle Doazan ... Arielle
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Inspector Neveu
Nathalie Baye ... Françoise Chenal
Claude Brasseur ... Emile Chenal
Johnny Hallyday ... Jim Fox Warner
Alain Cuny ... Old Mafioso
Xavier Saint-Macary Xavier Saint-Macary ... Accountant
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Young Son
Alexandra Garijo Alexandra Garijo ... Young Daughter
Stéphane Ferrara Stéphane Ferrara ... Tiger Jones
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Princess of the Bahamas
Eugène Berthier Eugène Berthier ... Old manager
Julie Delpy ... Wise young girl
Cyrille Dajinckourt Cyrille Dajinckourt ... La fille
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In a palace of Paris. Two detectives are investigating a two-year-old murder. Emile and Francoise Chenal are putting pressure on Jim Fox Warner, a boxing manager, who owes them a huge amount of money. But Jim also owes money to the Mafia, and it seems the boxing match he is counting on to bail out will not be sufficient... Written by Yepok

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Jean-Luc Godard dedicated the film to John Cassavetes, Edgar G. Ulmer and Clint Eastwood. See more »

Quotes

Tiger Jones: Tiger Jones - - I'll knock him out!
Françoise Chenal: Isn't he Tiger Jones?
Jim Fox Warner: Yeah, but a champion always fights himself.
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Connections

Features The Lost Squadron (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony in b minor, No.8, D.759, 'Unfinished', 1st movement : Allegro moderato
Music by Franz Schubert
(music title uncredited)
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Not entirely successful late Godard film
11 March 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

The films in Godard's late (and not yet over) period present some of the greatest challenges to cineasts. Detective is no exception. It is extraordinarily complex in narrative (or, more precisely, anti-narrative), visual composition, and editing structure. Unfortunately, I don't think it's worth it. It's kind of a parody of a detective film (the one in this film is a hotel dick), but it's nearly impossible to figure out what's going on. It can be quite beautiful in its visuals and editing patterns, but never beautiful enough to make it worth seeing. It's not terrible, but, then again, it's not good, either. 6/10

P.S. First off, yes, the little girl IS Julie Delpy, in case you were wondering.

P.P.S. Remember when Martin Scorsese made his version of Cape Fear for MGM because they allowed him to make the highly personal The Last Temptation of Jesus Christ? Well, he may have gotten that idea from Godard. Detective was made as a straight commercial offering to the studio that produced his highly controversial Hail Mary. It's strange to think of Detective as a commercial venture, though!


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Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

French | English | Italian

Release Date:

23 August 1985 (USA) See more »

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JLG Films, Sara Films See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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