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Le pacha (1968)

Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his... See full summary »

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Marc
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Louis Arbessier ...
Le directeur chez Boucheron
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Arsène
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Inspecteur Gouvion
Maurice Garrel ...
Brunet
Pierre Koulak ...
Marcel le Coréen
Pierre Leproux ...
Druber
Frédéric de Pasquale ...
Alfred
André Weber ...
Gino
Yves Arcanel ...
Un inspecteur de la Police Judiciaire
Maurice Auzel ...
Un homme de la bande à Émile
Yves Barsacq ...
Médecin légiste
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Six months before his retirement from the criminal police, inspector Joss finds his colleague Gouvion dead, in a poorly faked suicide attempt. Joss loses his temper, and investigates on his own, which leads him through the bas-fond of Paris... Written by Artemis-9

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14 March 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite Escaldante do Inspector Joss  »

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The music score performed just before the armored truck heist sequence is the same the audience can hear in the film Z, in which there is a fighting sequence between two men on a tricycle carrier platform. The name of the music is Batucada Meurtrière and performed by Michel Colombier. It has never been mentioned anywhere. Only a close watching of those two scenes can notice that. See more »

Quotes

Comissaire Joss, le Pacha: The day they put jerks into orbit, you won't stop rotating soon!
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Referenced in Rémy Julienne: 50 ans de cascades (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Psychasténie
Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Arranged and Performed by Michel Colombier Et Son Orchestre
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Stricktly for 60's French filmophiles
17 January 2007 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

"La Pacha", as a whole is OK. It's not quite up to the Melville standard of tough-guy intrigue, but it'll do.

Dampening the initial, promising tempo, unfortunately, is Jean Gabin who seems to be one of those popular actors who's fallen into an artistic pit – and is destined to remain there. If you've seen one of his films, you've seen them all. The exception might be one of his rare comedies, such as "Le Tatoué" (together with Louis de Funès) where he displays an once of versatility. In "La Pacha" however, he's more like a worn-out prop than a necessary figure, and thank God for that for if he'd succeeded in dominating the film too much it would not have been worth seeing at all.

I must also say that Serge Gainsbourg's soundtrack single is annoying: disrupting the story like thrusting a jagged toothpick into your eardrum with un-choreographic jolts, all through the film. It is certainly malplacé and it was quite unnecessary, as the slide-sound mixer was surely available in 1968.


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