Pile ou Face (1980)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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The source for the French detective drama Heads or Tails? was the American novel Baroni by Alfred Harris. Phillipe Noiret plays a weary Bordeaux detective, hot on the trail of Michael Serrault. Serrault's domineering wife has allegedly committed suicide, but Noiret suspects murder. As hunter and hunted get to know one another, an unusual bond forms between them. When Noiret is forced to retire by his corrupt superiors, he accepts a bribe from Serrault, and the two men retreat to the freedom and comfort of the South Seas. A you-can-see-it-a-mile-away "surprise ending" caps this minor escapade, which was originally released in France as Pile ou Face.

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killing, death, investigation, investigator, murder, police, widow/widower, wife