Frank Riva: The Complete Series
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He's lost his past, he's lost his roots - but not his enemies. Legendary French stage and screen actor Alain Delon (René Clément's Purple Noon, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï and Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers) stars as Frank Riva, an ex-undercover cop called in from retirement after 25 years of exile to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of his brother in a drug sting operation. He soon finds himself back on the trail of the notorious Loggia crime family, who had put a bounty on his head during the French Connection days. Frank is forced to pick up the pieces of a life he left behind a quarter of a century ago: his old flame Catherine, Nina Rizzi, the daughter he never knew, and Xavier Unger, his former partner, now chief of the Paris police. He must also put together a new team to confront the Loggia gang: Superintendent Lydie Herzog, his nominal superior, the headstrong Captain Hervé Sebastian, and rookie computer whiz Juliette Janssen. Frank Riva is a police officer who follows his instinct and refuses to be deflected from his mission, a man who ignores social convention and flouts rules and regulations, and who lives according to his own deep conviction of right and wrong.
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An excellent series that was off to a dubious start but caught the early stumble and roared back with well fleshed characters, a sound and plausable
story line. Better that very good direction and competent production.
Mmm. Mmm. GOOD!
Bring Frank Riva back.
By the way, M.Delon should be ashamed of looking so Damned good at his age. Gives the rest of us geezers a bad name.
Get it. You will enjoy. A LOT!
Don't get too excited, however, by the complete series moniker thinking that you'll be getting a massive set. "Frank Riva" consists of two seasons (shot in 2003 and 2004), each with only three episodes. The episodes themselves are approximately 90 minutes in length for about nine hours of viewing content spread across a three disc DVD set. And hopefully I don't have to mention it, but this is in French with English subtitles.
"Frank Riva" unravels as a typical crime procedural. After the initial set-up that introduces us to a complicated back story, the show falls into a more expected pattern. In each episode, there might be a peripheral crime to solve. But throughout the season, a more intricate story arc that brings Delon face to face with demons he thought he left behind 25 years ago provide more grit and character development.Read more ›
One of the most enjoyable cop shows to come along in awhile, all six episodes of this outstanding mini-series are extremely well done. There are a number of clever twists and turns but the real distinguishing element is Delon. Looking world-weary and truly like an exile (Riva went into hiding 25 years ago after having infiltrated the highest levels of organized crime). Delon’s acting is effortless and he just lets everyone else come to him. There is a scene in the last episode, when Delon as Riva is on the run, having been falsely accused of murder. Of course his closest friends and co-workers in the police seek to help him clear his name and wind up meeting him in a pool hall. They enter as one, drawn to the super-cool Riva, sitting nonchalantly on the edge of a pool table. It is moments like this that cannot be acted, they simply are, and only a true star can make it work.
The casting sessions for FRANK RIVA must have been something to behold–all the women in this mini-series are gorgeous. At the top of the list, in this reviewer’s opinion, is Sophie Von Kessler as Riva’s immediate boss Superintendent Lydie Herzog. Being a beautiful professional in her mid-thirties makes Lydie quite the catch, but she immediately sets her sights on Riva. Were he played by almost any other actor this would seem foolish, but Delon–in his late sixties when this was filmed in 2003–is wholly believable as the object of her interest.
FRANK RIVA is one of those programs that you want to watch back to back right through, but to do so is to forgo the experience of savouring each episode.Read more ›
Alain Delon was basically reviving some of his past incarnations as tough-cops: i.e. "Un flic" 1972, "Flic Story" 1975, "Pour la peau d'un flic" 1981, etc. --- so it wasn't much of a stretch in terms of character; he was cool and tough as ever, even at the tender age of 67 (man, I hope I can look as good as this guy at that age)! The supporting cast were all very good: Jacques Perrin, Sophie Von Kessel, Cédric Chevalme, Mireille Darc, Elsa Kikoïne, François Vincentelli, Luis Marquès, etc. Six episodes in all. You won't be disappointed, I highly recommend it, especially for fans of Alain Delon. The DVD (3 DVD set) picture and sound quality is excellent. NTSC, French (English subtitles), NR 552 mins.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the Frank Riva character but the production is lacking.Published 5 months ago by Beth Anderson
With few exceptions I find mob-based dramas, especially American ones, to be utterly dull. This is an exception, and it is French. Read morePublished 6 months ago by cassandra
Late Delon and hardly worth the price. However, if you're a Delon fan (and i am in spades) essential to the collection.Published 17 months ago by william s. mount