My New Partner

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My New Partner
Les Ripoux.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Claude Zidi
Produced by Claude Zidi
Written by Claude Zidi
Didier Kaminka
Starring Philippe Noiret
Thierry Lhermitte
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Jean-Jacques Tarbe
Edited by Nicole Saulnier
Release date
  • 1984 (1984)
Running time
107 minutes
Country France
Language French

My New Partner is a 1984 French comedy film directed by Claude Zidi, starring Philippe Noiret and Thierry Lhermitte. Noiret plays a streetwise Paris policeman who takes kickbacks from the minor criminals on his beat to allow them to continue. At the start of the film, his partner is busted for corruption and he narrowly escapes. He is assigned an idealistic new partner fresh from police academy. He sets out to corrupt his new partner and, after a slow start, succeeds spectacularly.

The original French title is Les Ripoux, which can be translated as "the corrupt ones". The term is verlan, a type of slang where syllables of words are pronounced in reverse order; ri-pou(x) thus inverts pou-rri(s), which means "rotten". (The final x or s, making the word plural, is silent.) The film is also known as Le Cop. It won the César Award for Best Film in 1985. Two sequels were later made: Ripoux contre Ripoux (1990) and Ripoux 3 (2003).



  • César Awards (France)
    • Won: Best Director (Claude Zidi)
    • Won: Best Editing (Nicole Saunier)
    • Won: Best Film
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Leading Role (Philippe Noiret)
    • Nominated: Best Writing – Original (Claude Zidi)

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