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Le marginal (1983)

The story is about Commissioner Jordan who arrives in Marseille to combat drug trafficking activities in his own unique way.

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Jacques Deray

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Jacques Deray (scenario), Jean Herman (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Commissaire Philippe Jordan
Henry Silva ... Sauveur Meccacci
Carlos Sotto Mayor Carlos Sotto Mayor ... Livia Maria Dolores
Pierre Vernier ... Inspecteur Rojinski
Maurice Barrier ... Tonton
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Antonio Baldi
Tchéky Karyo ... Francis Pierron
Jacques Maury Jacques Maury ... Maître Cappa
Roger Dumas ... Inspecteur Simon
Gabriel Cattand Gabriel Cattand ... Contrôleur Dumas
Michel Robin ... Alfred Gonet dit Freddy le chimiste
Jacques David Jacques David
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Antoine
Didier Sauvegrain Didier Sauvegrain ... Un tueur de Meccaci / Alfred's murderer
Stéphane Ferrara Stéphane Ferrara ... L'indic assassiné
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Fed-up with the inefficiency of the Marseille police, Paris sends drug-enforcement specialist Philippe Jordan to Marseille. He's supposed to assist the local law enforcement dismantle the drug networks, especially mobster Sauveur Mecacci's network. So far, Mecacci has managed to elude capture or successful prosecution by local authorities. However, Inspector Philippe Jordan's unorthodox law enforcement style may prove efficient against Mecacci if Jordan receives a free-hand green-light from the Marseille police bosses and if he survives the frequent attempts against his life, of course. Once at work, Inspector Philippe Jordan's rough style creates mayhem in the city of Marseille and triggers numerous complaints from the Mayor's Office, from outraged citizens and from the lawyers of a scared Mecacci who wants to see Jordan dead. These things, in turn, tell Jordan he's on the right track. Written by nufs68

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 October 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Eu, Marginal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Belmondo once again beats his own record for opening week admissions in Paris with 468,000 tickets sold. See more »

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References The French Connection (1971) See more »

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Belmondo is great throughout
27 August 2014 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is really nothing very special but tells its story efficiently enough and is packed with action. Some time after about the halfway mark, I began to get a little restless as we went through yet another rather predictable punch up but then the film changes gear and we are off to a laid back but pleasing denouement. Belmondo is great throughout, aged 50 at the time and if he really did do all those stunts as we are told it is remarkable. What with crossing motorways and dodging the traffic and leaping out of trains and a helicopter and the impressive Paris car chase, this is one massive performance and still remaining his iconic self with that twinkle in the eye. Henry Silva, five years older than Belmondo has less to do but still helps give the film its gravitas. The Morricone score is fine and even sounds really 80's at times, although I'm not sure that's a good thing. Plenty of attractive location shooting in both Marseille and Paris and plenty also of pretty girls along the way. Nothing profound here but a well made and tough action movie.


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