The Police War
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The Police War
The Police War
Directed byRobin Davis
Produced byVéra Belmont
Screenplay byRobin Davis
Jean-Patrick Manchette
Jean-Marie Guillaume
Jacques Labib
Patrick Laurent
StarringClaude Brasseur
Claude Rich
Marlène Jobert
Music byJean-Marie Sénia
CinematographyRamón F. Suárez
Edited byJosé Pinheiro
Les Productions Jacques Roitfeld
Stéphan Films
Distributed byUGC
Release date
November 14, 1979
Running time
100 minutes
Box office$13.5 million[1]

The Police War (French: La guerre des polices) is a French police drama film directed by Robin Davis and starring Claude Brasseur, Claude Rich and Marlène Jobert.[2] The French title (literally: "the war of the polices") refers to the rivalry between the two divisions of the French police force: the Territorial Brigade and the Anti-Gang Brigade.


The team of Commissaire Ballestrat from the Territorial Brigade stakes out the hideout of a dangerous criminal named Sarlat. Suddenly, Commissaire Fush and his team from the Anti-Gang Brigade arrive to the site. The ambitious Ballestrat would rather let Sarlat escape than allow the rival team to take credit for the arrest. In the ensuing shootout, Sarlat kills one of Fush's men and flees. From then on, the two teams treat each other with open hostility. The police chief orders Ballestrat to cooperate with the Anti-Gang team. But the two groups would still act separately in their pursuit of Sarlat. Fush becomes close with Marie, one of Ballestrat's team members. She later betrays him by informing her boss of the Anti-Gang's upcoming operation to capture Sarlat's accomplice Manekian. Ballestrat's interference causes a death of an innocent bystander. Fush submits his resignation. Then the massive police ambush against Sarlat misfires, and one of the officers is taken hostage. While the rest of the police prefer to wait the situation out, Fush single-handedly confronts Sarlat, and they are both killed in the resulting stand-off.



The film had 1,792,679 admissions in France and ranked 18th at the 1979 box-office.[3]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
1980 César Awards César Award for Best Actor Claude Brasseur Won


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  2. ^ "La Guerre des polices - CF". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "La Guerre des polices (1979) - JPBox-Office". Retrieved .

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