The French Detective

The French Detective (French: Adieu poulet) is a 1975 French film directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre, and scripted by Francis Veber from a novel by Raf Vallet. It received two César nominations for best supporting actor, and another for editing.[2]

The French Detective
Film poster
Directed byPierre Granier-Deferre
Produced byGeorges Dancigers
Written byFrancis Veber
StarringLino Ventura
Patrick Dewaere
Victor Lanoux
Françoise Brion
Claude Rich
Julien Guiomar
Music byPhilippe Sarde
CinematographyJean Collomb
Edited byJean Ravel
Les Films Ariane
Mondex Films
Distributed byCompagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique
Release date
10 December 1975 (1975-12-10)
Running time
90 minutes
Box office$14.6 million[1]


Despite the English title, in truth there are two French detectives, based in Rouen. Verjeat is an aging, been-around gumshoe, while Lefevre is his young, callow and cynical associate. The two detectives don't like each other much at first, but this will change. Their current assignment is getting the goods on a corrupt politician. During an election, there is a fight between the supporters of two of the candidates. In the melee political thugs murder an opponent's volunteer and also kill a cop. The officer has time to warn his colleagues that the killer is Portor, a well known thug whose brother is campaigning on behalf of law and order candidate Lardatte. Chief inspector Verjeat believes the politician who hired the thugs is as guilty as the murderous goon. His pursuit of Portor is hampered by Lardatte, for whom he has a personal dislike and misses no opportunity to humiliate. Verjeat's pursuit of Lardatte gets him a warning from his superiors. When he embarrasses Lardatte while disarming a hostage (the dead volunteer's father), Verjeat is told he's being promoted and transferred within a week to a posting outside of Rouen. This will take him off the case. As a result, he then finds himself with a very short time to capture Portor. Verjeat is sure that his upcoming transfer is courtesy of Lardatte and his police contacts. He speeds up his hunt for the goon and, with Lefévre, he engineers a complicated scheme to buy more time before the transfer.



  1. "Adieu poulet (1975)". JPBox-Office. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. "Gooodbye Inspector / The French Detective". Retrieved 2014-03-08.

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