Coup de torchon

by Bertrand Tavernier 2h8min France 1981
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Coup de torchon
by Bertrand Tavernier

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.

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  • Philippe Noiret : Lucien Cordier
  • Isabelle Huppert : Rose
  • Jean-Pierre Marielle : Le Péron et son frère
  • Stéphane Audran : Huguette Cordier
  • Eddy Mitchell : Nono
  • Guy Marchand : Chavasson
  • And with: Jean Champion, Michel Beaune, Victor Garrivier, Abdoulaye Diop, Irène Skobline, François Perrot, Gérard Hernandez


  • Director Bertrand Tavernier
  • Scenario Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche
  • Original work author Jim Thompson
  • Photo director Pierre-William Glenn
  • Set Design Alexandre Trauner
  • Sound Michel Desrois
  • Editing Armand Psenny
  • Original music Philippe Sarde
  • Producer Henri Lassa, Adolphe Viezzi
  • Production Compagny Les Films A2, Les Films de la Tour, Little Bear
  • Distributor Studiocanal

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1981
  • Release date for France11/04/1981
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageFrench
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