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Coup de torchon

Coup de torchon

A Feature film by Bertrand Tavernier

Produced by Les Films de la Tour

Release in France : 04/11/1981

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Actors (15)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Les Films de la Tour

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

Co-productions :

Little Bear, Films A2

French distribution :


TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

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In a French colonial town in West Africa of 1938, Lucien Cordier is the police chief, a likeable slob who turns a blind eye to all the corruption that surrounds him.  Everyone regards him as a harmless buffoon, but he seems not to care.  He doesn’t even mind that his wife is having an affair with another man, who lives under his very roof.  He has his own mistress and, so long as the criminals leave him alone, he is content.  Then, one day, a military man named Chavasson shows him the error of his ways by publicly humiliating him.  Cordier suddenly sees things in a whole new light and decides that he must take his job a little more seriously.  That night, he meets up with the two men who run the town’s brothel and shoots them dead in cold blood.  A short time later, he murders his mistress’s bullying husband.  As the corpses pile up around him, Cordier finally acquires a sense of job satisfaction...

Full credits (14)

Assistant Director :

Jean Achache

Author of original work :

Jim Thompson

Screenwriters :

Jean Aurenche, Bertrand Tavernier

Sound Recordist :

Michel Desrois

Production Manager :

Louis Wipf

Sound editor :

Catherine d'Hoir

Music Composer :

Philippe Sarde

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Aurenche

Producers :

Adolphe Viezzi, Bertrand Tavernier

Director of Photography :

Pierre-William Glenn

Assistant Operator :

Michael Coulter

Editor :

Armand Psenny

Production Designer :

Alexandre Trauner

Costume designer :

Jacqueline Moreau

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Drama, Black comedy

Themes :

History, Murder

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

2 h 10 min

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Posters (1)


News (2)

Festival Selections (9)

Academy Awards - 1983

Academy Awards (United States, 1983)


Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1982

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1982)

Selection (9)

Best Editing : Armand Psenny

Best Production Design : Alexandre Trauner

Best Director : Bertrand Tavernier

Best Supporting Actress : Stéphane Audran

Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Marielle

Best Supporting Actor : Eddy Mitchell

Best Actress : Isabelle Huppert

Best Actor : Philippe Noiret

Best Film

Berlin International Film Festival - 1982

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1982)


Out of Competition


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1981

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1981)


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price