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The Cop (1970)

Un condé (original title)
Barnero is a bitter cop working in a city he considers rotten.


Yves Boisset


Claude Veillot (scenario), Yves Boisset (scenario) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Bouquet ... L'inspecteur Favenin
Françoise Fabian ... Hélène Dassa
Gianni Garko ... Dan Rover (as John Garko)
Michel Constantin ... Viletti
Anne Carrère Anne Carrère ... Christine
Rufus ... Raymond Aulnay
Théo Sarapo Théo Sarapo ... Lupo
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Georges Duval, dit 'Georgy Beausourire'
Pierre Massimi Pierre Massimi ... Robert Dassa
Bernard Fresson ... L'inspecteur Barnero
Adolfo Celi ... Le commissaire principal / Chief of police
Jean-Claude Bercq Jean-Claude Bercq ... Germain (as Jean-Claude Berck)
Marcel Gassouk Marcel Gassouk ... (as Marcel Gassouc)
Noëlle Leiris Noëlle Leiris
Georges Lucas Georges Lucas


Barnero is a bitter cop working in a city he considers rotten.

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SUPPRESSED! This film was suppressed by the French Government for more than six months because of its scenes of police methods. WE ARE PRESENTING THE COMPLETE AND UNCUT VERSION!


Crime | Thriller | Drama


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France | Italy



Release Date:

5 October 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cop See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The screenplay was written by Claude Veillot, in replacement of Antoine Blondin. See more »

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Bleak Violent Revenge Film
31 December 2013 | by ronharris2-851-19196See all my reviews

I saw this film when it was first released in the US (1970, I believe). I found it pessimistic, ugly, and gratuitously violent. I hated it. However it has stayed in my mind not because of its content but because of the circumstances under which I saw it.

I was working the snack counter at a small college-town theater. I don't recall what movie was playing, some inoffensive middle-of-the-road feature that attracted inoffensive middle-of-the-road viewers. The manager had just received Un Conde and wanted to test audience reaction. So he decided to "sneak preview" it--without warning--before the main feature. Looking back I wonder what was going through his mind. Had he even seen the film? At any rate, from almost the first frame characters on screen were getting the crap beat out of them. The audience gasped and began murmuring. The mayhem didn't let up and soon the audience was making for the exits. An angry throng mobbed the ticket counter demanding their money back.

In 1970 excessive violence was relatively uncommon in mainstream films, and Un Conde was right at the cutting edge. It certainly wasn't what this audience had come to see. About twenty minutes into the movie the manager finally stopped the show and put on the scheduled picture. But by that time he'd pretty much cleared the house. With all the refunds the till came up awfully light at the end of the evening.

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