September 19th, 2001



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Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist...

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.4/10 (11,428 voted)

Director: Pitof

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, Inés Sastre

Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist, an assassin that he has been pursuing for a few months. His young biographer, Etienne Boisset, decides to have revenge on Vidocq's death and takes the investigation on...

Writers: François-Eugène Vidocq, Pitof

Gérard Depardieu - Vidocq
Guillaume Canet - Etienne Boisset
Inés Sastre - Préah
André Dussollier - Lautrennes
Edith Scob - Sylvia
Moussa Maaskri - Nimier
Jean-Pierre Gos - Tauzet
Isabelle Renauld - Marine Lafitte
Jean-Pol Dubois - Belmont
André Penvern - Veraldi
Gilles Arbona - Lafitte
Jean-Marc Thibault - Leviner
François Chattot - Froissard
Elsa Kikoïne - La muette
Fred Ulysse - Le vieux souffleur

Taglines: To look into his mask was to lose your soul.

Release Date: 19 September 2001

Filming Locations: Bordeaux, Gironde, France

Box Office Details

Budget: FRF 152,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €624,810 (Spain) (27 January 2002) (180 Screens)

Gross: $565,693 (Russia) (4 August 2002)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Originally Daniel Auteuil was set to play Vidocq, but ran into a scheduling conflict when the movie's production was postponed.

User Review

style is substance

Rating: 8/10

The story takes place in 1830's France. As Paris teeters on the verge of revolt, the country's greatest detective is in pursuit of a masked villain. The pursuit turns deadly and Vidocq, the detective, is killed. Now its up to his biographer to piece together what happened and avenge the murder of his idol.

You'll either love this or hate it, since a good chunk of this movie is based on its flashy visual style. I tend to hate that sort of thing, but for me there was enough of a plot to keep me interested and enthralled to the end.Yes there are some cliched twists, but I didn't care the movie just moved me along with some wonderful bits. It was only at the end that I was left wanting, probably because there was too much in the way of the plot that wasn't addressed before the credits rolled. I wish we had gotten a tad more meat. Still its worth a shot.

Eight out of Ten


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