Death of a Corrupt Man

Death of a Corrupt Man (French: Mort d'un pourri and also known as The Twisted Detective and To Kill a Rat) is a 1977 French political thriller directed by Georges Lautner and starring Alain Delon.[2] Film is based on the novel by Raf Vallet.

Death of a Corrupt Man
French film poster
Directed byGeorges Lautner
Produced byAlain Delon
Norbert Saada
Written byRaf Vallet (novel)
Michel Audiard
StarringAlain Delon
Music byPhilippe Sarde
CinematographyHenri Decaë
Edited byMichelle David
Release date
  • 7 December 1977 (1977-12-07)
Running time
120 minutes
Box office1.8 million admissions (France)[1]


Musical score and soundtrack

Mort d'un Pourri
Soundtrack album by
Recorded20 October 1977
CTS Wembley, London
GenreFilm score
LDA 20314
Stan Getz chronology
Another World
Mort d'un Pourri
Children of the World
Professional ratings
Review scores

The film score was composed and arranged by Philippe Sarde and features saxophonist Stan Getz fronting the London Symphony Orchestra and the soundtrack album was first released on the French Melba label.[4][5]

Allmusic's Yuri German noted, "Film director Georges Lautner, who worked with Philippe Sarde on a dozen films, said that he was always impressed by the composer's ability to find an original musical approach to each picture. This time, Sarde, who always closely follows the editing process, suggested that they needed a strong soloist, preferably a tenor saxophone player, who would serve as a musical counterpart for the actor Alain Delon's famous good looks. Being a perfectionist, he opted for Stan Getz, one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists. Watching Getz's performance, Lautner decided to find a way to put the musician in the picture. He filmed Getz playing the opening theme, "Paris, Cinq Heures du Matin", solo, and it's the saxophonist's silhouette that appears during the credits sequence in the beginning of the film... The soundtrack turned out to be costly, but the director was pleased with the outcome. Sarde's instincts were right—Getz's saxophone gave the soundtrack a lyrical, nostalgic quality—fitting for Alain Delon's quest in the film for the sake of the past, to honor the memory of his dead friend".[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Philippe Sarde.

  1. "Paris, 5 H Du Matin" - 2:38
  2. "Souvenirs" - 2:05
  3. "Valérie" - 1:35
  4. "Les Camions" - 1:30
  5. "L'Attente" - 1:17
  6. "Getz O Mania" - 3:07
  7. "Mort d'un Pourri" - 5:30
  8. "Montparnasse" - 3:37
  9. "Cafeteria" - 1:23
  10. "Les Aveux" - 1:08
  11. "Rocquencourt" - 1:50
  12. "Tout est Tranquille" - 1:50



  1. Box Office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. "New York Times: Death of a Corrupt Man". NY Times. Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  3. German, Yuri. Mort d'un Pourri Original Soundtrack – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  4. Stan Getz Catalog, accessed 28 July 2016
  5. Stan Getz discography: 1970's, accessed 28 July 2016
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