Pour la peau d'un flic

Pour la peau d'un flic (English: For a Cop's Hide) is a 1981 French crime-thriller film starring and directed by Alain Delon. It was Delon's directorial debut.

Pour la peau d'un flic
EnglishFor a Cop's Hide
Directed byAlain Delon
Produced byHorst Wendlandt
Screenplay byAlain Delon
Christopher Frank
Based onQue d'os!
by Jean-Patrick Manchette
StarringAlain Delon
Anne Parillaud
CinematographyJean Tournier
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)
Box office$17.8 million[1]

It had admissions of 2,377,084 in France.[2]


Choucas, a former police detective, is commissioned by an elderly lady to investigate the disappearance of her blind daughter, Marthe. The lady is murdered. Assisted by retired commissioner Haymann, and by secretary Charlotte, investigator Choucas attempts to unravel the thread of a fraud involving various police services and drug traffickers. During the investigation Choucas is attacked in the apartment of the victim by a certain Pradier; he kills him but his accomplice manages to escape. Back home, Choucas escapes an ambush tended by a certain commissioner Madrier and kills him, with the result of ending up in the viewfinder not only of a mysterious gang, but also of the police.

The story proceeds with a succession of events, including the kidnapping of Charlotte, saved at the last minute by her employer. Choucas will discover that he was maneuvered by the police commissioner Coccioli against his dishonest colleagues, and will risk to leave his life in an attempt to discover the truth and to strip the gang: it will be saved in extremis by policemen.



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