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So Long, Stooge (1983)

Tchao pantin (original title)
Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Berri

Writers:

Alain Page (novel), Claude Berri (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Coluche ... Lambert
Richard Anconina ... Bensoussan
Agnès Soral ... Lola (as Agnes Soral)
Mahmoud Zemmouri Mahmoud Zemmouri ... Rachid
Philippe Léotard ... Bauer (as Philippe Leotard)
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Sylvio
Mohamed Ben Smaïl Mohamed Ben Smaïl ... Mahmoud (as Ben Smail)
Pierrick Mescam Pierrick Mescam ... First client service station
Mickaël Pichet Mickaël Pichet ... Mickey (as Mickael Paul)
Vincent Michel Paul Filliatre ... Momo (as Michel Paul)
Annie Kerani Annie Kerani ... Black Lady
Vincent Martin Vincent Martin ... Second customer service station
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Storyline

Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner named Rashid, comes to the station needing a spark plug for a stolen Moped. He and Lambert connect somehow, and a few days later, they go for a drink. The young man is too cavalier, and when he swipes Rashid's fancy motorcycle a couple of times, he's expendable. Lambert decides to avenge the young man and seeks information from Lola, a punk who knew Bensoussan. With surprising perseverance, she pierces Lambert's shell; he starts to feel again, tells Lola his story, and finds new enthusiasm for life. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 December 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós, pelele See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Renn Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The punk group featured on stage at the Gibus venue is the actual French punk group Gogol Premier et La horde. See more »

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Claude Berri tries a noir
20 August 2006 | by bob998See all my reviews

Claude Berri is one of the great artists of family life in French cinema. I have enjoyed so many of his films about youth, courtship, marriage and fatherhood: Mazel Tov, Le cinéma de Papa, La première fois, Un moment d'égarement. The first half of Tchao Pantin works well in this framework, but the second half is just a routine revenge story.

I didn't really respond to the alcohol-blunted efforts of Coluche to rally himself to avenge the killing of Richard Anconina, nor did Agnès Soral's emotional about-face--deciding to help Coluche find the killer--seem believable. This actress has a very inexpressive face, and body to match. A tribute to Bruno Nuytten's wonderful cinematography is in order: there really is nobody like him for rainy night scenes. I'll give 10-10 for Coluche and Anconina, and zero for the rest.


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