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The Film Club: La balance

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Derek Malcolm introduces a double bill of two influential French gangster films.
starring Nathalie Baye, Philippe Leotard, Richard Berry
Informers aren't that easy to recruit, especially when word on the street is that the police themselves shopped the latest victim of gangster boss Massina's henchmen.
Inspector Palouzi makes his choice, but even a prostitute and her pimp have their own code of honour. With its winning combination of hard-hitting action and authenticity, "La balance" broke box-office records in France, and became a cult film in this country.
American director Bob Swaim spent six months with the Brigades Territoriales and his stylish thriller reflects the toughness and amorality of this elite police force.
(A French film with English subtitles. First showing on British television)

Contributors

Introduced by: Derek Malcolm
Screenplay: Bob Swaim
Screenplay: M. Fabiani
Director: Bob Swaim
Nicole: Nathalie Baye
Dédé: Philippe Leotard
Palouzi: Richard Berry
Tintin: Christophe Malavoy
Belgium: Jean-Paul Connart
Captain: Bernard Freyd
Carlini: Albert Dray
Simoni: Florent Pagny
Arnaud: Jean-Daniel Laval
Picard: Luc-Antoine Diquerc
Massina: Maurice Ronet
Petrovic: Tcheky Karyo
Sabrina: Galia Dujardin
Guy: Michel Anphoux
Djerbi: Raouf Ben Yaghlane

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The Film Club: La balance

BBC Two England, 4 October 1986 22.00






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