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La balance (1982)

Nicole is a Parisian streetwalker and Dede is her racketeer boyfriend, on the outs with his mob bosses because of a dispute over Nicole. When a police informant ("balance") is murdered, the... See full summary »

Director:

Bob Swaim

Writers:

Mathieu Fabiani (dialogue) (as M. Fabiani), Bob Swaim (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathalie Baye ... Nicole Danet
Philippe Léotard ... André Laffont dit Dédé
Richard Berry ... L'inspecteur Mathias Palouzi
Maurice Ronet ... Roger Massina
Bernard Freyd Bernard Freyd ... Le Capitaine
Christophe Malavoy ... Tintin
Jean-Paul Comart ... Le Belge (as Jean-Paul Connart)
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Carlini
Florent Pagny ... Simoni
Tchéky Karyo ... Petrovic (as Tcheky Karyo)
Raouf Ben Yaghlane Raouf Ben Yaghlane ... Djerbi
Galia Salimo Galia Salimo ... Sabrina - la prostituée (as Galia Dujardin)
Sam Karmann Sam Karmann ... Paulo Sanchez
Robert Atlan Robert Atlan ... Ayouche
Luc-Antoine Diquéro Luc-Antoine Diquéro ... Picard
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Nicole is a Parisian streetwalker and Dede is her racketeer boyfriend, on the outs with his mob bosses because of a dispute over Nicole. When a police informant ("balance") is murdered, the cops have to scramble for a replacement. Deciding on Dede, they begin to put a nasty squeeze on him and Nicole. Written by Paul Berk <pbnyc@compuserve.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 November 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nark See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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14 November 2001 | by steve_b33See all my reviews

Watched this last night - a belting French Cops and Robbers drama set among the Paris version of the flying squad. It opens with their main informant being murdered and they need replacement to get Mr Big.

They lean on a Dede (Philippe Léotard) a small time crook and pimp and his whore/girlfriend(Nathalie Baye) to persuade them to snitch on Messina.

They use threats,beatings - in fact anything to get a result. The cops are played in a very unsympathetic light - the're really thugs who bend the law to suit their ends.

Interestingly both Dede and Nicole are are much more attractive characters - he's her pimp but he loves her as she loves him. You really care about them as they are exploited by the cops who don't care what happens to them as long as they get their villian. There are car chases and shoot-outs aplenty but its the central relationship that lifts this above your average cop movie.

All the leads are well played and you hope things will work out for Dede and Nicloe but you know life isn't like that.

Not an obvious ending either and directed with an intesity by Bob Swaim who films it almost as a documentry so real is the gritty feel of the Parisian undwerworld.

Highly reccomended.


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