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Coup de torchon (1981)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 November 1981 (France)
A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means.

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1938, in a French african colony. Lucien Cordier is the cop of this village, populated with blacks and a few whites (usually racialist and lustful). He is a washout, everyone (including his wife Huguette) humiliates him. He never arrests anyone and looks at elsewhere when a dirty trick occurs. But one day, he turns into a machiavellian exterminating angel. Written by Yepok

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France's official submission as Best Foreign Language Film to the 1983's Oscar. See more »

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The movie begins with a scene during a total eclipse of the sun. Between 1933 (Hitler comes to power) and 1939 (invasion of France), no path of totality from any solar eclipse touched French West Africa. See more »

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Marcaillou: You gonna arrest me for clubbing a nigger?
Lucien Cordier: No, not exactly. The main thing is the board. Marcaillou The board? Lucien Cordier Yeah, covering that hole there. What if somebody fell in and broke his leg? It'd be your fault.
Marcaillou: So?
Lucien Cordier: So, since nobody did, I'll let you off this time.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, we are correctly informed that the film is based on the novel "Pop. 1280"; but during the end titles, we are informed that it is based on "Pop. 1275". This is consistent with the official title retained for the translation into French, which is "1275 Ames" (literally: "1275 Souls"), and which reflects the fact that 5 people have died during the course of action. See more »

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Referenced in Girare Coup de torchon (2007) See more »

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Brutal, darkly humorous and brilliantly done film noir
19 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Jim Thompson meets Joseph Conrad in a small, dusty town in Senegal. The writing is excellent throughout, delving into themes that most films would never have the guts to handle. Brutal, darkly humorous and brilliantly done. A great, great film noir. Not a movie for those easily offended (though one they should probably see and learn from.)


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