Le Marginal is a 1983 French crime film directed by Jacques Deray and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The music for the film was composed by Ennio Morricone.[2]

Le Marginal
Directed byJacques Deray
Written byJacques Deray
Jean Herman
Michel Audiard
Produced byAlain Belmondo
StarringJean-Paul Belmondo
CinematographyXaver Schwarzenberger
Edited byAlbert Jürgenson
Music byEnnio Morricone
Cerito Films
Les Films Ariane
Distributed byGaumont
Éditions René Chateau
Release date
26 October 1983 (France)
Running time
100 minutes
Box office4,956,922 admissions[1] (France)


Policeman Philippe Jordan works in Marseille. He intercepts the delivery of a shipload of heroin by jumping out of a helicopter onto a speedboat and throws all drugs into the sea. Drug lord Mecacci is desperate to get rid of Jordan and arranges an incident which leads to Jordan's disciplinary transfer. Jordan continues to fight against the drug cartel after all. He finds a valuable witness named "Freddy, the chemist" but Mecacci has Freddy killed before he can testify. When Mecacci's henchmen also murder Jordan's old friend Francis Pierron, Jordan retaliates immediately. Now Mecacci tries to lure him into a deadly trap. After Jordan has outsmarted Mecacci's killers he confronts their boss. The time for the final showdown has come.



"Le Marginal" was described as a "typical Jean-Paul Belmondo vehicle".[3] With 4,956,922 tickets sold, it was the third most watched feature film in France in 1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Box office Jean-Paul Belmondo - Le Marginal". www.boxofficestory.com. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  2. ^ "Le Marginal". unifrance.org. Retrieved 2014-07-05.
  3. ^ "Le Marginal". allmovie.com. Retrieved 2012-12-16. In another typical Jean-Paul Belmondo vehicle, the French action hero plays a policeman

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