My New Partner

My New Partner is a 1984 French comedy film directed by Claude Zidi, starring Philippe Noiret and Thierry Lhermitte. Noiret plays a streetwise Paris policeman who takes kickbacks from the minor criminals on his beat to allow them to continue. At the start of the film, his partner is busted for corruption and he narrowly escapes. He is assigned an idealistic new partner fresh from police academy. He sets out to corrupt his new partner and, after a slow start, succeeds spectacularly.

My New Partner
Theatrical release poster
Directed byClaude Zidi
Produced byClaude Zidi
Written byClaude Zidi
Didier Kaminka
StarringPhilippe Noiret
Thierry Lhermitte
Music byFrancis Lai
CinematographyJean-Jacques Tarbe
Edited byNicole Saulnier
Release date
  • 1984 (1984)
Running time
107 minutes

The original French title is Les Ripoux, which can be translated as "the corrupt ones". The term is verlan, a type of slang where syllables of words are pronounced in reverse order; ri-pou(x) thus inverts pou-rri(s), which means "rotten". (The final x or s, making the word plural, is silent.) The film is also known as Le Cop. It won the César Award for Best Film in 1985. Two sequels were later made: Ripoux contre Ripoux (1990) and Ripoux 3 (2003).



  • César Awards (France)
    • Won: Best Director (Claude Zidi)
    • Won: Best Editing (Nicole Saunier)
    • Won: Best Film
    • Nominated: Best Actor Leading Role (Philippe Noiret)
    • Nominated: Best Writing Original (Claude Zidi)
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