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L.627 (1992)

This gritty police drama shows us the underbelly of the Parisian drug trade. Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by ... See full summary »

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Bertrand Tavernier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Didier Bezace Didier Bezace ... Lucien 'Lulu' Marguet
Jean-Paul Comart ... Dodo
Charlotte Kady Charlotte Kady ... Marie
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Manuel
Nils Tavernier Nils Tavernier ... Vincent
Philippe Torreton ... Antoine
Lara Guirao ... Cecile
Cécile Garcia-Fogel Cécile Garcia-Fogel ... Kathy Marguet
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Adore
Fabrice Roux Fabrice Roux ... Toulouse
Jean-Luc Abel Jean-Luc Abel ... J.P.
Martial Martial ... Rambo
Jacky Pratoussy Jacky Pratoussy ... Mario (as Jacques Pratoussy)
Didier Castello Didier Castello ... Willy
Jacques Rosny Jacques Rosny ... Tulipe 4
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Storyline

This gritty police drama shows us the underbelly of the Parisian drug trade. Lulu is a tough streetwise narcotics cop who, like a Frank Serpico or a Dirty Harry Callahan, doesn't play by the rules or kowtow to his weak and/or corrupt superiors. Lulu thrives in this violent world, where sheer guts can overcome his squad's deficiencies of money and equipment. Despite the ruthless environment that he lives and works in every day, he still manages somehow to maintain his humanity. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 September 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf offener Straße See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,540
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Bertrand Tavernier co-wrote this anti-drugs film with a Drug Squad detective, and dedicated it to his ex-heroin addict son. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lucien 'Lulu' Marguet: Shit, the address. I forgot to ask her for her address.
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References My New Partner at the Races (1990) See more »

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Way ahead of its time
5 June 2015 | by tony_le_stephanoisSee all my reviews

I remember vividly watching the film in 1996. It had a recommendation (as it says on the poster): 'Just as gritty as Reservoir Dogs'. We were disappointed. This wasn't Reservoir Dogs at all!

How wrong was I. Twenty years later there are a lot of documentary-like series about the lives of cops, for example Engranages. Well, L627 is EXACTLY as these TV series, but twenty years earlier. The cops from L627 and Engranages both work in the underbelly of Paris, where tourists won't come. We see the REAL lives of cops. Eating together, joking together, doing undercover operations together, shouting at each other, visiting squats. These are not the overly cool cops from other films, these are real people dealing with fears and tensions. The only thing from the series that is missing here, are judges and lawyers.

The thing that stands out, is how all kinds of stories are intertwined, just like in real life (and just like in Engranages), without leading towards a 'bad guy' to catch, as crime flicks usually do. It's about an hopeless fight against the drugs trade, without the proper resources. Suddenly you realize how much improvisation and intelligence this job needs. A job in which you even have to negotiate with a school director about using a classroom for a lookout, you can't have a decent car and have to pay your own camera when you want to film something.

No wonder it has been written by Tavernier together with a drug squad detective. With its two hours runtime L627 is almost as a mini TV series in itself. And just like Engranages and The Wire it boasts not only realism, but also terrific acting by a largely unknown cast. As in these series they have a wonderful chemistry together – for example when they are joking with each other. There's even one running joke… In the midst of all this is Lulu. He is only loosely the protagonist – as was Laure in Engranages (who has many similarities with the character of Marie in this film, by the way).

It isn't a pretty film, it has not really a cinematic feeling you are used to. But it is ahead of its time as many films nowadays are aiming at documentary-like realism. Therefore it demands a lot of attention and concentration in the beginning and it might be difficult to get into. It is certainly NOT the kind of film teenagers would like to see, I can say from my own experience.


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