Le Solitaire (film)

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Le Solitaire
Le solitaire.jpg
Directed by Jacques Deray
Produced by Alain Sarde
Written by Alphonse Boudard
Jacques Deray
Simon Michaël
Daniel Saint-Hamont
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Narrated by Jean-Paul Belmondo
Music by Danny Shogger
Cinematography Jean-François Robin
Edited by Henri Lanoë
Cerito Films
Sara Films
Release date
18 March 1987
Running time
Country France
Language French
Box office $6.9 million[1]
918,187 admissions (France)[2]

Le Solitaire is a French crime film directed and partly written by Jacques Deray.[3]


The policeman Stan Jalard and his colleague Simon Lecache are rather fed up with police work. They are toying with the idea to quit police service in order to run a hotel on the Antilles. Single father Lecache has already asked his son Christian about it. But at the very evening when Lecache tells Jalard that his son approves of their plan, Lecache is murdered by the professional killer Charly Schneider.

Jalard changes his mind. He dedicates his life all the more to police work. After two more years he has been promoted but he had no chance to get Schneider yet because Schneider disappeared. Eventually Schneider returns to France and commits crimes. Moreover he threatens Jalard on the phone and later devastates his flat. He even sends somebody to shoot Jalard and his godson Christian in the street.

Jalard identifies Schneider's new accomplices and puts them under pressure. Step by step he closes in on him until he can confront him in his hide-out. Schneider refuses to show any regret, eludes and steals a car. He tries to run over Jalard who arrests him anyway. Now that Jalard has brought the murderer of Christian's father to justice, he allows Christian to call him “Dad”. He, who has put his godson away into boarding schools all the time and lived only for his police work, now demonstrates a shift in priorities. When they drive home, Jalard puts a police siren on top of his car and drives wiggly lines just because that obviously amuses little Christian a lot.



Belmondo and director Jacques Deray had recently made the highly popular Le Marginal (1983) together and hoped for a similar success. Belmondo had suffered an injury making Hold Up and was unable to do many of his own stunts.[2]


The film was a box office disappointment and led to the end of the cycle of Belmondo police movies. It also resuled in Belmondo returning to the stage.[2]


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