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Vidocq (2001)

Paris, 1830: Vidocq is killed by a mirror masked man. A thief turned investigator, he was working on a case of men killed by lightning. His biographer tries to solve the case.

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Pitof

Writers:

Eugène-François Vidocq (memoirs) (as François-Eugène Vidocq), Pitof (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Vidocq
Guillaume Canet ... Etienne Boisset
Inés Sastre ... Préah
André Dussollier ... Lautrennes
Edith Scob ... Sylvia
Moussa Maaskri ... Nimier
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Tauzet
Isabelle Renauld ... Marine Lafitte
Jean-Pol Dubois Jean-Pol Dubois ... Belmont
André Penvern ... Veraldi
Gilles Arbona Gilles Arbona ... Lafitte
Jean-Marc Thibault ... Leviner
François Chattot François Chattot ... Froissard
Elsa Kikoïne ... La muette
Fred Ulysse Fred Ulysse ... Le vieux souffleur
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Storyline

Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist, an assassin that he has been pursuing for a few months. His young biographer, Etienne Boisset, decides to have revenge on Vidocq's death and takes the investigation on... Written by Anonymous

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The underworld has surfaced... See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexual content, nudity and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Eugène-François Vidocq (1775-1857) was a real-life French detective who, after spending his youth as a criminal, became a law enforcer and is now considered a pioneer of modern criminology. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Concerto for mandolin RV 426: Allegro
Antonio Vivaldi
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Much better than I was expecting...
16 December 2003 | by o_cedarSee all my reviews

I really wasn't ready to enjoy "Vidocq" having heard a friend of mine telling me he felt like throwing up in the middle of the movie, due to the peculiar camera angles and motion. But having some time to lose while waking up in front of TV, why not take a look?

And I was really taken in that old-Paris atmosphere, which I found strangely bewitching... I did not find the special FX better than in other big budget movies, but "different", finally something original, kind of an nightmarish, apocalyptic surrounding... The storyline had some nice parts to it, but we could have had more. Depardieu was pretty good, Dussollier as well, as opposed to a dreadful Guillaume Canet...

Overall, an interesting movie, with pluses and minuses, I was glad to see it but I won't buy the DVD.... 6/10


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 September 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF152,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,240,767
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1.85 : 1
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