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36 quai des orfevres

36 quai des orfevres (2004)


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Release Date: May 26, 2005 Wide



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Euro screen legends Gérard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil star, respectively, as French cops Denis Klein and Leo Vrinks, in Olivier Marchal's tough-as-steel policier 36 Quai des Orfevres. The story unravels at the titular Parisian police headquarters, where Klein (who heads up the department's anti-crime unit) and Vrinks (who manages the "search and action squad") go head-to-head -- competing with one another not only to succeed their boss, but to be the first to solve an ongoing series of

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (0) | DVD (7)

Director and co-writer Marchal creates an extremely intense atmosphere and ensures that things are constantly moving in unexpected directions.

June 1, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A gritty and darkly disturbing thriller about cops and thugs.

November 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Former police officer Olivier Marchal has directed a beautifully acted, shot and scored cop thriller that is a very worthy addition to France's near domination of the genre.

June 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for 36 quai des orfevres

Based on certain real life events or stories from a real cops career and directed by that said ex-cop sure means this is gonna be realistic or you hope it would be. You really get a vibe of 'Heat' here with this, the French version, a very solid tense story that weaves in and out with a few sub plots going on and many characters to keep up with.

I must admit I didn't really get on with the film as much as 'Heat' as there isn't as much action and what there is can't compare to the Hollywood flick and there is also allot of subbed dialog to follow which does become tedious I can't deny. Its a very good film and very well made that's clear from the start, Depardieu is great as the dirty police chief who slowly gets so corrupt that the lines of morality between cop and criminal are lost. Other cast members I have never really heard of but they all do their jobs very well with other main lead Daniel Auteuil even looking kinda Pacino/De Niro-ish haha.

Fast moments of car chasing and gun play are exciting but short lived for me giving way to allot of plot and talk which I just couldn't get on with to be honest, loved the look and the performances but its long and predictable really. It does seem more accurate than most other Hollywood ventures though I give it that.
October 1, 2011

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AKA: 36th Precinct--A French police thriller, full of mean-spirited rivalry and rampant cop corruption. Well done enough to peak my interest. What do famous French actors do when they get older and fatter? I guess they star in movies like this to give the movie some appeal.
June 20, 2011

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Corny, far-fetched, melodramatic, littered with belief-beggaring coincidences and more predictable than Titanic (who saw that iceberg coming? Not me!). Thinking about it, there's a lot to dislike about this movie; that I didn't totally despise it is entirely attributable to a superb cast, in particular the ever-excellent Daniel Auteuil. The film opens with an audacious armoured car robbery, inevitably inviting comparisons with Michael Mann's masterly Heat. However, the similarities quickly evaporate when it becomes apparent that co-writer/director Olivier Marchal, unlike Mann, is not greatly interested in playing cat and mouse with his cops and robbers, indeed is barely interested in his criminals at all. What we get instead is an exploration of the rivalries and murky ethics of the two detectives heading the investigation into the robberies, one played by Auteuil, the other by Gérard Depardieu. Dramatic impetus - and not a little implausibility - is provided by the fact that, in addition to working the same case, both men are vying for the same promotion and have clashed over the same woman in the past. If this all sounds a bit like a soap opera, it should, because it is. Undeniably entertaining though, and, believe it or not, fans of The Count of Monte Cristo will find much to enjoy in the second half.
December 8, 2010

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Stylish French action-thriller that pits two SWAT cops against both each other and a master criminal gang. The result of this dark plot was never going to be pleasant for any of the parties.
December 5, 2007

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Foreign Titles

  • 36 - Tödliche Rivalen (DE)
  • 36 (UK)
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