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36 Quai des Orfèvres - Daniel Auteuil, Gerard Depardieu, André Dussollier, Olivier Marchal

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

A violent gang has been operating in Paris with complete disregard for the law. Head of the Judicial Police, Robert Mancini (André Dussollier), lays down a challenge to the two men who work directly beneath him - the head of the Search and Action Squad, Léo Vrinks (Daniel Auteuil) and the head of the Anti-Crime Unit, Denis Klein (Gérard Depardieu): whichever man apprehends the gang will replace Mancini as the head of the Criminal Investigations Department.

Based on a true story.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film police French crime corruption France detective armed robbery gang Paris politics

Persons of interest

  • Daniel Auteuil .... Léo Vrinks
  • Gérard Depardieu .... Denis Klein
  • André Dussollier .... Robert Mancini
  • Roschdy Zem .... Hugo Silien
  • Valeria Golino .... Camille Vrinks
  • Daniel Duval .... Eddy Valence
  • Francis Renaud .... Titi Brasseur
  • Catherine Marchal .... Ève Verhagen
  • Guy Lecluyse .... Groluc
  • Alain Figlarz .... Francis Horn
  • Vincent Moscato .... Jenner
  • Anne Consigny .... Hélène Klein
  • Stéphane Metzger .... Smao
  • Solène Biasch .... Lola Vrinks aged 11
  • Aurore Auteuil .... Lola Vrinks aged 17
  • Eric Defosse .... Rolf Winterstein
  • Ivan Franek .... Bruno Winterstein
  • Laurent Olmédo .... Tony Vargas
  • Christophe Rouzaud .... Staneck
  • Dominique Loiseau .... Screenwriter
  • Frank Mancuso .... Screenwriter
  • Julien Rappeneau .... Screenwriter
  • Olivier Marchal .... Screenwriter
  • Olivier Marchal .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • 36 Quai des Orfèvres official movie site
  • 36 Quai des Orfèvres film production notes
  • 36 Quai des Orfèvres QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • César Awards 2005: Nominated: Best Actor (Daniel Auteuil), Best Director (Olivier Marchal), Best Editing (Hachdé), Best Film (Olivier Marchal), Best Sound (Pierre Mertens, François Maurel, Sylvain Lasseur, Joël Rangon), Best Supporting Actor (André Dussollier), Best Supporting Actress (Mylène Demongeot), Best Writing - Original or Adaptation (Olivier Marchal, Frank Mancuso, Julien Rappeneau
    • Cinematic Intelligence Agency Trenchcoat Awards 2005: Nominated: Best title, Best crime-fighter (Léo Vrinks - Daniel Auteuil)
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

36 Quai des Orfèvres is a dark and nasty French cop thriller movie that will leave you feeling mean and dirty. It is not a case of good cop/bad cop, rather bad cop/worse cop. Getting in the way of Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu is a dangerous move, whether you're a civilian, a criminal or a copper. Just do your best to stay away.

Unless, of course, you're an audience member, in which case the injunction is quite the opposite. You want drama? You want corruption? You want betrayal? You want thrills? You want blood? 36 Quai des Orfèvres has all this and more, in spades. The performances are terrifically tight from everyone. The camera work puts you right in the thick of it (like The Bill before it went soft). Olivier Marchal's direction is intense: the characters are relentless, the story never lets up, the view is gritty and gloomy. Formidable!

If you like criminals, police or criminal police then see this film: I guarantee that you'll like it.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: French
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Documentaries: Making-of
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong violence)

Surveillance time

110 minutes (1:50 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 10 November 2005
DVD rental: 7 June 2006
DVD retail: 11 October 2006

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