La Balance (1982)

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In the French-made film (La Balance), a couple get caught between the French underworld and the cops who pledge to destroy it. The man is a one-time mobster, now pimp named Dede (Philippe Leotard) who's forced to squeal on some mob-land biggies in exchange for his acquittal from any connection to crimes committed and to get the cops off the back of his prostitute wife Nicole (Nathalie Baye). This one's full of chase scenes, profanity (it's dubbed in English), and violence. It was awarded many Caesar awards (the French equivalent of the Oscar). ~ Rovi
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Bob Swaim , Albert Dray , Bernard Freyd , Christophe Malavoy , Florent Pagny , Jean-Paul Comart , Maurice Ronet , Nathalie Baye , Philippe Leotard , Reymond LePlont , Richard Berry
In Theaters: wide
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Cast

Tcheky Karyo
as Petrovic
Bernard Freyd
as Le capitaine
Albert Dray
as Carlini
Guy Dhers
as Calemard
François Berléand
as Inspector Mondaine
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Natalie Baye is at her best in this cool French policier.

August 10, 2007
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[font=Century Gothic]"La Balance" starts off with Paulo, a police informer, being killed by crime boss, Roger Massina(Maurice Ronet). To make matters worse for the police, the word on the street is that the cops set up Paulo to be killed, so now none of their would-be informers are talking to them, leaving them deaf and blind in the Belleville section of Paris. Desperate to recruit a new informer to bring down Massina, Detective Palouzi(Richard Berry) approaches a small-time pimp, Dede Laffont(Philippe Leotard), who had a falling out with Massina a couple of years back because of a situation with Laffont's girlfriend, Nicole(Nathalie Baye), who is also a prostitute. Laffont is none too thrilled with the idea of course, so the police try to persuade him to do his civic duty...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"La Balance" is a violent crime drama with an interesting point of view from the petty criminals who are caught between the police and the crime bosses. The police who are fairly brutal themselves don't seem as interested in stopping crime or helping people, as they are in waging war with the crime bosses. The movie does seem to be very dated.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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