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Death of a Corrupt Man (1977)

Mort d'un pourri (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 7 December 1977 (France)
One early morning deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano, a racketeer with extant political connections. Serrano ... See full summary »

Director:

Georges Lautner

Writers:

Jean Laborde (novel) (as Raf Vallet), Michel Audiard (dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Xavier 'Xav' Maréchal
Ornella Muti ... Valérie
Stéphane Audran ... Christiane
Mireille Darc ... Françoise
Maurice Ronet ... Philippe Dubaye
Michel Aumont ... Commissaire Moreau
Jean Bouise ... Commissaire Pernais
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Lucien Lacor
Julien Guiomar ... Fondari
Klaus Kinski ... Nicolas Tomski
François Chaumette François Chaumette ... Lansac
Xavier Depraz Xavier Depraz ... Marcel
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Paul
Colette Duval Colette Duval ... La secrétaire de Serrano
Carole Lange Carole Lange ... La fille du vestiaire
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One early morning deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano, a racketeer with extant political connections. Serrano kept proofs of Dubaye's involvement in corrupt dealings and was poised to use them against the deputy. Xavier readily agrees to cover up for his old pal Philippe, but he soon runs into difficulties. Nobody believes Dubaye's alibi. And everybody -- influential personalities, powerful businessmen, dubious go-betweens and the police -- wants to get hold of the documents that served to blackmail Dubaye; by all possible means. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

The song playing on parking garage attendant Kébir's office radio when Alain Delon pulls his car in is called "Bhemmou" by Algerian singer Hsissen. See more »

Goofs

In the car chase scene with Alain Delon and Ornella Muti being chased by the killers, the roads switch from soaking wet to bone dry between shots. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ishchite zhenshchinu (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Camions
Written by Philippe Sarde
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlo Savina
Featuring Stan Getz (Saxophone), Andy LaVerne (Piano), Rick Laird (Bass), Billy Hart (Drums), Marcel Azzola (Bandonéon) and Efrain Toro (Percussion)
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French conspiracy movie
23 January 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Death of a Corrupt Man" from 1977 is a French film produced by Alain Delon's company, starring Delon, Ornella Muti, Stephanie Audran, Maurice Ronet, Klaus Kinski, and Delon's companion at that time, Mirelle Darc.

A deputy, Philippe Dubaye (Ronet) gets his old friend Xavier Maréchal (Delon) up in the dead of night. He says he has just killed racketeer, Serrano, who had many political connections. Serrano had proof of Dubaye's involvement in corruption in high places and was ready to use them against him.

Xav agrees to give his friend an alibi, which is not believed by the police. Everyone wants those documents and figure that Xav must have them. There are multiple car chases and attempts on his life and that of Dubaye's girlfriend (Muti).

Good film that is somewhat timely today, with all its talk of politicians stealing, people in government just in it for the money, blackmail, etc. Delon, who in this dubbing sounds like Robert Conrad, is strong in his role, as are Kinski and Audran. Ornella Muti is positively gorgeous. Mirelle Darc was only in the film because of Delon; her part could have been cut and as it was, she only had a few lines. And how about this - an Alain Delon film with no love scene. Dubbed on top of it, which I hate.

Delon favored this type of role, as evidenced by the films he produced. I saw him later in a documentary done 37 years later. Everyone recognized him, at 81, and wanted a photo with him. He was very obliging.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 December 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twisted Detective See more »

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Adel Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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