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Polar (1984)

A private detective ponders another profession until a mysterious woman hires him to solve her roommate's murder.


Jacques Bral


Jacques Bral (freely adapted by), Jean-Patrick Manchette (based on the novel by: "Morgue pleine") | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-François Balmer ... Eugène Tarpon
Sandra Montaigu Sandra Montaigu ... Charlotte Le Dantex
Pierre Santini Pierre Santini ... Coccioli
Roland Dubillard Roland Dubillard ... Jean-Baptiste Haymann
Claude Chabrol ... Théodore Lyssenko
Jean-Paul Bonnaire Jean-Paul Bonnaire ... Gérard Sergent
Marc Dudicourt Marc Dudicourt ... Le Loup
Gérard Hérold Gérard Hérold ... Foran
Gérard Loussine Gérard Loussine ... César
Max Vialle Max Vialle ... Médicin légiste
Catherine Alcover Catherine Alcover
Jean Barney Jean Barney ... Inspecteur Conan
Anicette Benjamin Anicette Benjamin
Dominique Briand
Jean Cherlian Jean Cherlian ... Inspecteur


A private detective ponders another profession until a mysterious woman hires him to solve her roommate's murder.

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Crime | Thriller



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Release Date:

21 March 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dekkaritarina Polar See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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French nOir
25 November 2009 | by Thorsten-KringsSee all my reviews

This is a very fine example of a French hardboiled detective novel turned into a film. Manchette's novel Morgue plain tells the story of hapless Gendarm turned unsuccesful private investigator who stumbles into a case that is a couple of sizes too big for him. The plot is somewhat convoluted almost putting Raymond Chandler to shame but it works extremely well. The film is a pretty starightforward adaptation of the book with a great cast. Eugene Tarpon is a tragic and funny character at the same time, imagine a mix between Philip Marlowe and any tragic character you can think of. The film excellently captures the essence of Tarpon's shabby life and the cinematography is excellent. The only thing that I feel didn't come across in this adaptation was Tarpon's wise crackls that are very funny in the book, partly because you don't really expect them.

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