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Alain Delon, Catherine Denueve, Richard Crenna. A Parisian nightclub owner, who secretly is the leader of a gang of bank robbers, is good friends with a Paris police chief. Their friendship is harshly tested when the chief begins sharing his friend's girlfriend. Then he learns of his friend's criminal activities and sets out to take him down in this signature Jean-Pierre Melville film noir. 1972/color/98 min/NR/widescreen.

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  • Actors: Alain Delon, Richard Crenna, Catherine Deneuve, Riccardo Cucciolla, Michael Conrad
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Melville
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00192QJQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,358 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Smith VINE VOICE on November 11, 2008
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"Un Flic" (A Cop) the last film by Jean-Pierre Melville begins beautifully. The opening shots set during a storm in an Atlantic coast town in France, which introduced the bank robbery are incredibly beautiful and tense. Melville sets up the scene in such a way that you are on the edge of your seat through out this amazing sequence. The heat of the film is turned up against the contrast of these icy shots and as the story progresses it more or less never lets up and holds it's grip ever tightening as the cop, Alain Delon tracks down the crime ring that is much closer than he thinks.

Extraordinary cinematograph is a highlight of this film and one gets glimpses of watercolor smudged barren streets of Paris in the winter that are gorgeous. This film has its flaws but they are too much of a distraction. Most jarring is the obvious use of models during a very tense scene on the train.

A stunning stand out in the film is Valerie Wilson as Gaby a transvestite who is a stool pidgin for Delon. Touching she is and there is the intriguing undertow of the possibility of romance between the cop and the cross dresser. I am never quite convinced that Delon is merely using her attraction to him to his advantage. Wilson is wonderful in the role, a rare un-judging look at a denizen of this sub-culture.

Delon is Delon, which in my opinion is simply great. Fascinating to watch. Catherine Deneuve is little more that window dressing but a cool dish for the eyes non-the less. The real surprise in the film is Richard Crenna. He looks to be speaking his own lines in French and gives a nuanced wonderful performance as the head of the crime gang. He is utterly watchable and after a few moments you forget he is an American actor in a French film.

Over all "Un Flic" or as it is called here "Dirty Money" is a fun ride for fans of the heist genre. And on a final note, the last shots of the film are raw and haunting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phillip on January 5, 2012
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Melville's last film is merely great; it is not a masterpiece ; however, this film has great acting and great set pieces. I was particularly taken with Richard Crenna....I kept trying to figure out if he actually spoke the French dialogue or if it was dubbed....it does not really matter because his performance was very impressive.

Melville made noirs that are haunting, entertaining, and suspenseful.he really understood what made the Hollywood noirs so good, and he adapted these insights into his own unique vision. Dirty Money is replete with big American cars, hats, and trench coats. It is not the Red Circle, but it is pretty darned good.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Benamira on May 22, 2008
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According to some bloggers, this a new edition, made by Lions Gate, of "Un flic" (1974), the very last movie of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville ("Bob le Flambeur", "L'armée des ombres", "Le cercle rouge"). Please correct title ("Dirty money") and actors links, mistaken with "Dirty money" (1994). Maybe "Un flic" has not been unanimously appreciated by critics and the box office but there is no doubt that it is a superb film noir done by a genre master, plenty of melancholy. Full of remarkable sequences, such as the opening one, a bank hold-up filmed under the rain. Pay attention to Alain Delon playing the piano at Deneuve's night club. Excellent performance by Richard Crenna.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Hicks on June 4, 2009
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Fantastic movie.Alain Delon is so sexy. A must watch for any fan!! One of his best.
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By L. Monstuart on June 10, 2013
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Talk about a master, this film would have been nothing had Melville not directed it. (I haven't seen a fake train like the one here since early Hitchcock -- and even Hitchcock wouldn't have dared add the helicopter!) (No matter!)

Deneuve says nothing, but has never been more beautiful.

Maybe Richard Crenna's finest performance. This and Body Heat. (Great scene: washing up on the train.)

And something I've never seen before: after Crenna washes up, he robs a blond-haired heavy of his stash. Normally the heavy would be one-dimensional, just the heavy whose stash is robbed. But Melville does more: he give 30 seconds to the guy, who, after coming to, sees he's been robbed and knows how badly he's screwed up. It's the most human 30 seconds in the film. Extraordinary.
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The thing about Melville is mood, mood, mood. I liked seeing Richard Crenna in a foreign film alongside Delon, who plays a dirty cop (a la Popeye, in French Connection) but an effective one. He's a man absorbed by his job but unsatisfied with his life. Crenna's character, on the other hand, is more at ease with himself and more human, even though he's involved with the criminal underworld. The line between good and bad guy is very blurry.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Hunt on July 9, 2010
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I watched my first Jean-Pierre Melville film, Le Samourai, a few months ago. His style excited me so I decided I needed to watch everything he'd done. Un flic was my second choice mainly because of Alain Delon.

It opens with the most beautiful bank robbery I've ever seen on film. Melville orchestrates such an elegant gloom; his use of the elements and natural light is remarkable. I was mesmorized immediately and stayed that way throughout most of the movie.

Then came the train heist.

I watched with a friend, and our post-discussion centered directly on how poorly this fairly large chunk of the film was executed. "The train reminded me of the special effects I used to enjoy on Mister Roger's Neighborhood," said my companion. I could only wince and nod. The train was obviously fake, but worse than that was the tiny helicopter hovering overhead. It had the sort of prop strings a VCR would pick up.

(We fabricated a theory about the difficulty of filming this at night because a real helicopter is shown landing in the daylight the following morning. Perhaps this was the problem?)

I hate to pick this movie apart, and I don't mean to deter someone from watching it, but in my opinion this was awkward enough to interrupt the flow of a gorgeous film, hence my three-star rating. Please keep in mind, Dirty Money was filmed in 1972, not 1952. I found the bump unforgivable.

If you're not bothered with this, by all means, buy the movie. The acting is wonderfully calculated and stoic; a glorious Melville constant, from what I hear. Fantastic cars everywhere. Softly resonating street lights pulsing along the Paris cityscape.

...and nobody slaps like Alain Delon.

There are still some treasures here.

- t -
9 July, 2010
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