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  • Actors: Yves Montand, François Périer, Stefania Sandrelli, Mathieu Carrière, Vadim Glowna
  • Directors: Alain Corneau
  • Producers: Police Python 357 ( The Case Against Ferro ) ( Police Python Three Fifty Seven ), Police Python 357, The Case Against Ferro, Police Python Three Fifty Seven
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 120.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003I4J62I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,988 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A tough but honest cop must clear his name after a corrupt colleague implicates him in a murder in this French thriller. Ferrot (Yves Montand) is a hard-as-nails police detective who is attracted to a beautiful woman named Sylvia (Stefania Sandrelli). Sylvia, however, is having an affair with Ganay (Francois Perier), who happens to be Ferrot's superior on the force; Ganay happens to be married to Therese (Simone Signoret), who is handicapped. Sylvia is found murdered, and Ferrot is assigned to investigate; Ferrot is convinced that Ganay killed Sylvia because she wanted to end their relationship, but to his dismay, Ferrot discovers that the killer has placed a number of false clues that point the blame toward Ferrot. Police Python 357's brisk cutting earned editor Marie-Josephe Yoyotte a Cesar Award (the French Oscar). ...Police Python 357 ( The Case Against Ferro ) ( Police Python Three Fifty Seven )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2014
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Teaming him with Yves Montand five years before the excellent The Choice of Arms, Alain Corneau's awkward second feature Police Python 357 is one of those ideas that sounds better on paper. A French spin on The Big Clock, it sees Montand's spectacularly unconvincing cop falling for a clearly disturbed Stefania Sandrelli, unaware that she's already the mistress of his superior, François Périer (an arrangement that has the full support of his crippled wife Simone Signoret). When she goads him into killing her, Périer's first instinct is to confess until he's persuaded by Signoret that because he's always been incredibly discreet, there's no evidence to link him to her and assigns Montand to investigate - who finds that there are plenty of witnesses to link him to the killing and is forced to resort to increasingly desperate measures to derail the investigation and avoid the witnesses...

The first third of the film is surprisingly poor, the opening credits, set to Georges Delerue's Ligetti-inspired score, establishing the awkward crosscutting that runs throughout the first 40 minutes while Montand seems incredibly ill at ease in the role long before he has any reason to be: between some weak dialogue and the comic book poses he has to strike in a target range sequence, even his body language seems completely wrong.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 10 Mar. 2014
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................................................................MILD SPOILERS IN SYNOPSIS...............................................................................

Yves Montand plays Ferrot, a straight laced detective, who whiles away the hours playing with his Policeman's Python, until one fateful evening when he happens to meet a young woman, whom he ends up falling for.
Which is all well and good, until we discover that the young woman (Sylvia) also happens to be in some sort of strange, clandestine, quasi~sexual relationship with Ferrot's boss, Commissaire Ganay.
How's that for a coincidence?
Well it's not a very good one, least not as far as Sylvia is concerned, because when Ganay finds out that she's about to leave him for another man, he cracks her skull open with an onyx ashtray, and then in a state of panic at his crime of passion, rather foolishly, assigns the case of her murder to Ferrot, unbeknownst to him that Ferrot, is indeed, the other man (and vice versa).
However with the witnesses only ever having seen the victim with Ferrot, they begin to instantly point the finger in his direction, and it is going to take all of Ferrot's guile and skill as a detective to catch the killer and prove his innocence...

A very clinically shot film, however no less absorbing for it, with Police Python .357 considered a semi~masterpiece in some circles.
Sure the characters and their relationships are a little kooky, but if anything this just adds to the intrigue and drags the viewer in further, as the determined Ferrot attempts to avoid the witnesses and uncover the truth behind the murder of his girl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 2739 on 21 Feb. 2014
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From the begining it is obvious thst we are here for a very unusual ride...two policemen caught in a web of lies - where each step further means only more and more complications - both of them are involved in a murder case of a woman they both loved and while one of them is the culprit all the evidence points to the other...the acting is superb by both Montand and fantastic Francois Perrier (whom i adore from Costa Gavras's Z ) and even Simone Signoret who was almost forgotten in the first part of the movie comes to the prominence in the latter part...This Corneau movie with Montand was the one i sought the longest (having already seen Le Choix Des Armes and Le Menace) - but it was more than worthed.
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A bit weird, no music and long silent scenes. But ...................... lovely to see it again. Still powerfull play by Montand and Signorette
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
High-caliber Noir! 6 Aug. 2009
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"Police Phyton 357" was one of the most relevant and tense thrillers of those early seventies. Not just because the dark plot, in which a police officer is accused for a crime he never committed, but the confuse and perplex fact there's nobody in whom you may trust. Everybody distrusts of everybody. Direction and a superb cast make the rest in this memorable and peer suspenseful thriller.

Don't miss it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
ALAIN CORNEAU, OPUS 2 9 Jan. 2008
By Daniel S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
**** 1976. Co-written and directed by Alain Corneau. César award in the Best Editing category. A cop, accused of the murder of his chief's mistress, decides to start his own investigation and discovers soon that the real murderer is his own boss. Every detail is important in this film, cold and secret but one quickly understands that Montand and Périer are nothing but marionettes in the hands of Simone Signoret and Stefania Sandrelli. A movie to rediscover at short notice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Finally we have a great transfer with English subtitles 6 Sept. 2010
By Arthur Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an exceptional thriller aptly described as a "thinking man's DIRTY HARRY" with a BIG CLOCK type of plot and an incredible Yves Montand relishing his role as an obsessive cop. All of the characters here are expertly drawn and spellbinding. Buy the Netherlands DVD for the anamorphic widescreen transfer and the English subtitles! What a treat it is to see this film again after nearly 40 years!
Another great French film noir! 5 Sept. 2010
By Ignacio Litardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Finally a film that will have you gripped to your seat till the end, and yet which is not melodramatic nor manipulative. Great cinematography and music and of course, the cast, let alone a tight plot make this film a must-see. From the always reborn love triangle, the story develops with the right timing, faster than your average French film, and yet without anything of the Hollywood cliches that usually ruin everything.
Signoret is lovable as the handicapped wife who nevertheless seems to always know everything.
"dbdumonteil" on IMDB is right on track about the depersonalisation, thus adding another layer of interpretation to an already engrossing flick. I agree with "Olof" reviewer on Amazon that "Alain Corneau didn't exploit Stefania Sandrelli's scene stealing abilities", thou.
I am still wondering why Inspector Ménard does... what he does (can't say more), but my only hunch is that "violence redeems sins". I am open to hearing from other reviewers, as I can't make up my mind about his change of attitude. Of course, the fact that a film 25 years old can leave you thinking after it's over is yet another reason why you might enjoy this movie.
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