The French Detective

  • 1975
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

Rouen police commissioner Verjeat (Lino Ventura) and his childish sidekick, Lefevre (Patrick Dewaere), try to find out who killed a fellow cop and trace the clues to bigshot politico Pierre Lardatte (Victor Lanoux). When the heat proves too much for Lardatte, he pressures the department to kick Verjeat upstairs. Verjeat and Lefevre turn the tables on their...read more

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Rouen police commissioner Verjeat (Lino Ventura) and his childish sidekick, Lefevre (Patrick Dewaere), try to find out who killed a fellow cop and trace the clues to bigshot politico Pierre Lardatte (Victor Lanoux). When the heat proves too much for Lardatte, he pressures the department to

kick Verjeat upstairs. Verjeat and Lefevre turn the tables on their higher-ups, however, by concocting a bribery scheme that implicates them along with a crusading judge, keeping them under departmental investigation and thereby on the job. Ventura does a fine job as the decent, hard-working,

veteran cop who is sick of playing politics with his department; Dewaere has less to do, and has shown more versatility and spontaneity in Bertrand Blier's films opposite Gerard Depardieu (GOING PLACES; GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS). Pierre Granier-Deferre's direction is fairly run of the mill, but

Francis Veber's intelligent and complex script saves the picture. The videocasette is available in both dubbed and subtitled (French into English) versions.

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  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Rouen police commissioner Verjeat (Lino Ventura) and his childish sidekick, Lefevre (Patrick Dewaere), try to find out who killed a fellow cop and trace the clues to bigshot politico Pierre Lardatte (Victor Lanoux). When the heat proves too much for Lardat… (more)

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