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The French Detective (1975)

Adieu poulet (original title)
When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit... See full summary »

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Jean Laborde (novel) (as Raf Vallet), Francis Veber
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Le commissaire Verjeat
Patrick Dewaere ... L'inspecteur Lefèvre
Victor Lanoux ... Pierre Lardatte
Julien Guiomar ... Le contrôleur général Ledoux
Pierre Tornade ... le commissaire Pignol
Françoise Brion ... Marthe Rigaux, la patronne du bordel
Claude Rich ... Le juge Delmesse
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Roger
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Antoine Portor
Gérard Hérold Gérard Hérold ... l'inspecteur Moitrié
Gérard Dessalles Gérard Dessalles ... L'inspecteur Ransac
Jacques Rispal Jacques Rispal ... Mercier
Patrick Feigelson Patrick Feigelson ... Louis
Jean-Yves Gautier ... Letellier
Pierre Londiche Pierre Londiche ... Jeanvier, l'indicateur au chien
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Storyline

When political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop, chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired them is as guilty as the murderous goon. Verjeat's pursuit of the councilman, Lardatte, gets him a warning from his superiors. When he embarrasses Lardatte while disarming a hostage (the dead volunteer's father), Verjeat is told he's being transferred within a week. He speeds up his hunt for the goon and, with Lefévre, one of his young detectives, he engineers a complicated scheme to buy more time before the transfer. How should Verjeat play out his values of honor and duty? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The French Detective See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It was the first and only time Patrick Dewaere accepted to play a cop in a movie. He played a judge 2 years later in 'Le juge Fayard dit le sheriff' See more »

Connections

Referenced in Un jour, un destin: Patrick Dewaere: Le dernier jour (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Adieu Poulet (Générique)
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde and Orchestra
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Political movies...
3 January 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

....were very trendy in France during the seventies ,in the wake of the events of May 68."Adieu Poulet" is a watchable ,if not particularly memorable effort in the field.

Lino Ventura and Patrick Dewaere -whose career had just begun and sadly would be short-lived- make a solid team .They have to fight against a far-right politician (of the P.R.U party (whose motto is "Moral and Order" ) played by Victor Lanoux.

The script was written by Francis Veber ("la Chèvre" "le Dîner de Cons" )and it was filmed on location in Rouen.Pierre Granier-Deferre made good "Cinema de Qualité".


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