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This gritty police drama shows us the underbelly of the Parisian drug trade. Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Didier Bezace Didier Bezace ... Lucien 'Lulu' Marguet
Jean-Paul Comart ... Dodo
Charlotte Kady Charlotte Kady ... Marie
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Manuel
Nils Tavernier Nils Tavernier ... Vincent
Philippe Torreton ... Antoine
Lara Guirao ... Cecile
Cécile Garcia-Fogel Cécile Garcia-Fogel ... Kathy Marguet
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Adore
Fabrice Roux Fabrice Roux ... Toulouse
Jean-Luc Abel Jean-Luc Abel ... J.P.
Martial Martial ... Rambo
Jacky Pratoussy Jacky Pratoussy ... Mario (as Jacques Pratoussy)
Didier Castello Didier Castello ... Willy
Jacques Rosny Jacques Rosny ... Tulipe 4
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This gritty police drama shows us the underbelly of the Parisian drug trade. Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by the rules or kowtow to his weak and/or corrupt superiors. Lulu thrives in this violent world, where sheer guts can overcome his squad's deficiencies of money and equipment. Despite the ruthless environment that he lives and works in every day, he still manages somehow to maintain his humanity. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 September 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf offener Straße See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

"L.627" refers to the article in the French legislation on public health pertaining to narcotics. See more »

Quotes

Lucien 'Lulu' Marguet: We just arrested a member of the major idiots gang, Rasta Deep Shit.
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References My New Partner (1984) See more »

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Brigade des stup'
13 October 2006 | by bob998See all my reviews

TFO is running a series of Bertrand Tavernier's films; L. 627 is just another example of this man's bewildering versatility--costume epics, science fiction, exotic noir, gritty slice-of-life pictures. Here we have police procedure with a more despairing tone than Hollywood has ever given us. The light cynicism of the French Connection has become a cry of despair over police corruption and bureaucratic nonsense. The only problem: at 145 minutes, it's far too long, since there is no plot the viewer can hang on to, just a series of vignettes.

The actors are great: Lara Guirao impresses as the HIV-positive hooker whom Lulu is attracted to, but can't have sex with. Philippe Torreton is his usual frightening self as Lulu's partner, while Jean-Paul Comart is the boss from hell: irresponsible (tear gas in the coin toilet), concerned only with filling quotas. Dodo leads the squad into a squalid room with two African women and a baby, the resulting foul-up has to be seen to be believed. Didier Bezace wise-cracks his way through the chaos, showing us some of his pain.


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