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The Big Brother

The Big Brother

A Feature film by Francis Girod

Produced by Partner's Production

Release in France : 08/09/1982


    Bernard (Gerard Depardieu) is a doctor whose Hippocratic oath was a hypocritic failure -- the not-so-good doctor kills his wife because she is having an affair, and he kills her lover too. Then he joins the French Foreign Legion. On his way to the former French colonies in Africa, the plane he is in crashes, and Rossi, a "friend" on the plane with some overweight in carry-on money, shoots Bernard and takes off, leaving him for dead. He is nursed back to life and health by friendly villagers and just his luck, he not only manages to make his fortune in Africa, he also nabs a French passport from a dying man who will clearly not need it anymore unless the Pearly Gates have a French guard. The doctor gets back to Paris and hunts down Rossi, who at this point does not much care what happens to him because he is a miserable cad, as opposed to the once happy cad who shot Bernard. The doctor kills Rossi, an act witnessed by Ali (Hakim Chanem) a precocious Arab teenager who sees this as his chance to blackmail the doctor into "taking care of" a rotten police inspector responsible for murdering the boy's older brother. Rossi was the cause of the dead brother's drug addiction. However, the boy's sister Zita (Souad Amidou) works as a hooker-waitress at a restaurant that serves women on the side, and she and the doctor fall in love. As might be expected, the restaurant is owned by the nefarious police inspector and it does not take long before the once-cooperative Ali turns against Bernard and writes a letter to the inspector, spilling the beans, as many and varied as these are by now. Finally, Bernard is surrounded by the police but love has changed him, and he refuses to fight. As he heads off to prison, the plot has another twist or two as it lurches toward the final credits.

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    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Partner's Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

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    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Ariel Zeïtoun

    Author of original work :

    Sam Ross

    Sound Recordist :

    Guillaume Sciama

    Director of Photography :

    Bernard Zitzermann

    Sound editor :

    Michèle Catonné

    Production Designers :

    Tony Egry, Jacques Bufnoir

    Sound mixers :

    Joël Beldent, Claude Villand

    Assistant directors :

    Jérôme Chalou, Régis Wargnier, Olivier Glaas

    Producers :

    Yannick Bernard, André Pergament

    Screenwriters :

    Francis Girod, Michel Grisolia

    Editor :

    Henri Colpi

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

    Music Composer :

    Pierre Jansen

    Still Photographer :

    Georges Pierre

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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    Posters (1)


    Selections (2)

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1982

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1982)


    Official Competition