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Let Sleeping Cops Lie (Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort)

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Let Sleeping Cops Lie
(Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort)
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Cinema Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by José Pinheiro
Release Date 1988
Language French
Studio TF1 Films Production
Leda Productions
Cité Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commissaire Eugène Grindel Alain Delon
Commissaire Roger Scatti Michel Serrault
Inspector Pèret Patrick Catalifo
Lutz Xavier Deluc
Chief inspector Cazalières Raymond Gérôme
Inspector Spiero Stéphane Jobert
Inspector Valles Dominique Valera
Inspector Latueva Bernard Farcy

Let Sleeping Cops Lie (Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort) is a 1988 French crime movie directed by José Pinheiro and starring Alain Delon as police commissaire Eugène Grindel. Grindel's opponent is his colleague, commissaire Roger Scatti (Michel Serrault) who secretly arranged the ultra-right wing organization among the police. This organization called "Loyalty to the police" was similar to South American death squads. Grindel with several assistants faced with a situation where any police officer could become an enemy... (Note: this isn't a spoiler because the opening scenes of the movie shows Scatti and his death squad at work).

The following weapons are seen in the movie Let Sleeping Cops Lie (Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort):


Manurhin MR-73

Most of the police and Gendarmerie officers are armed with Manurhin MR-73 revolvers. Eugène Grindel (Alain Delon) carries a MR-73 Defense model with a 4-inch barrel and rubber grips. Several other MR-73 model are seen as well.

Manurhin MR-73 Gendarmerie with three inch barrel, rubber grips and adjustable sights - .357 Magnum.
Grindel's MR-73 in holster.
Eugène Grindel (Alain Delon) reloads his MR-73.
A close view on opened 6-shot cylinder.
Grindel with his revolver.
Grindel's revolver is at Scatti's head in the final scene.
Two of Scatti's men - Valles (Dominique Valera) and Spiero (Stéphane Jobert) - aim their revolvers at Grindel. Valles is armed with an MR-73 while Spiero's revolver is a Manurhin F1.
Valles and Spiero put down their revolvers when they are arrested. Valles' MR-73 is seen at the left.

Manurhin F1

Commissaire Roger Scatti (Michel Serrault) carries a revolver that is supposed to be Manurhin F1. In the final scene an F1 is seen in hands of inspector Spiero (Stéphane Jobert).

Manurhin F1 with three inch barrel - .357 Magnum
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Scatti with his revolver in hand.
Valles and Spiero with their revolvers in the final scene. Valles is armed with a Manurhin MR-73 while Spiero's revolver is an F1.
Valles and Spiero put down their revolvers when they are arrested. Spiero's F1 is seen at the right, it can be identified due to Ruger-style magazine release.

Unidentified revolver

Police inspector Péret (Patrick Catalifo), Grindel's main assistant, carries an unidentified revolver. It looks like a MR-73 due to the shape of the hammer.

Péret gives his revolver to one of Scatti's men before he is allowed to meet with Scatti himself.

Ruger Security Six

Police officer Lutz (Xavier Deluc), one of Scatti's men, is armed with Ruger Security Six revolver. This is historically correct because Ruger Security Six was one of the service revolvers of the French police.

Ruger Security Six - .357 Magnum.
Péret (Patrick Catalifo) disarmes Lutz when his treachery is uncovered.



Police inspector Spiero (Stéphane Jobert) is armed with M1911 pistol during most scenes of the movie (in the final scene he replaced it with MR-73 revolver).

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Spiero (Stéphane Jobert) with his M1911 in the opening scene.
Spiero aims his pistol at the criminal boss Ginzbaum (Rémy Kirch).
Spiero holds his M1911 in shoulder holster. Notice the flat mainspring housing in the grip.
Spiero hands his pistol to Péret.
M1911 is lying on the table. Notice the lack of frame cuts, indicating that this is the older model 1911.

Walther P38

Walther P38 is the weapon of Pierre Stadler (Féodor Atkine), former Red Brigades terrorist. He had no chance to use it when Scatti's men seized him.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm.
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Inspector Valles (Dominique Valera) holds P38 at Stadler's head.

Smith & Wesson 39

Nickel-plated Smith & Wesson Model 39-2 is the weapon of Le Stéphanois (Serge Reggiani), commissaire Grindel's informant. He was shot when riding on a carousel, but managed to fire his pistol several times - only to kill and wound innocent bystanders.

Smith & Wesson Model 39-2, nickel finish - 9x19mm
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Star Model BM

In the opening scene a two-tone Star Model BM can be seen under the pillow of the criminal boss Ginzbaum (Rémy Kirch). He had no chance to use it when Scatti's "death squad" attacked his penthouse.

Star Model BM - 9x19mm
Two-tone Star Model BM with fixed rear sight.

Submachine Guns


MAT-49 SMGs are used by police and Gendarmerie including several people of the "Loyalty to the police" organization.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm.
Gendarmerie officer with MAT-49.
MAT-49 in the hands of one of Scatti's men is seen in the mirror.
Police and Gendarmerie officers in the final scene are armed with Ruger Mini-14 rifles and MAT-49 SMGs. Note the Mle 1915 Adrian helmets of World War I era pattern.


Scatti's men use Uzi SMG to kill a witness.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm.
Gendarmerie officer fires Uzi SMG.
A close view on the Uzi


Ruger Mini-14

Ruger Mini-14 rifles are used by Gendarmerie.

Blued Ruger Mini-14 Standard Model Semiautomatic Rifle (Pre-2005) with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm.
Several Gendarmerie officers of the "Loyalty to the police" organization are seen with Mini-14 rifles in the opening scene.
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Police and Gendarmerie officers in the final scene are armed with Ruger Mini-14 rifles and MAT-49 SMGs. Note the Mle 1915 Adrian helmets of World War I era pattern.

Ruger AC556K

Commissaire Scatti (Michel Serrault) used AC556K version of Mini-14 to kill inspector Péret.

Ruger AC556K with 20-round magazine 5.56x45mm.
Scatti (Michel Serrault) with AC556K.
Scatti fires AC556K.
Scatti with AC556K looks at dead Péret.

Sniper Rifles

In the final scene several police snipers are seen on the roof. They are armed with rifles that cannot be identified due to the distance.

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Franchi SPAS-12 shotguns are seen in hand of police officers in the scene of the attack on Grindel's car. There can be seen two versions of SPAS-12 with different barrel length.

Franchi SPAS-12 with butt hook attached to stock - 12 Gauge.
The barrel of SPAS-12 is seen in hands of one of the police officers.
Franchi SPAS-12 with short barrel - 12 gauge
Wounded Inspector Cohen (Sacha Gordine) with short-barreled SPAS-12.

Unidentified shotgun

Police officer Lutz (Xavier Deluc) is armed with a shotgun with pistol grip in one of the opening scenes.

Lutz (Xavier Deluc) holds his shotgun at the head of the criminal boss Luschentini.
Lutz with his shotgun.
Lutz readies his shotgun to kill Luschentini.

Winchester Model 1200 Defender

In the final scene Commissaire Grindel (Alain Delon) is armed with Winchester Model 1200 Defender with sawn-off butt and extended tube.

Winchester Model 1200 Defender - 12 gauge
A close view on the barrel of the shotgun. The shape of the tube tells that it is Defender, not Police Model.
Grindel (Alain Delon) with his shotgun.
Grindel's shotgun on the table among the toy soldiers.

Machine guns


Twin MG42 machine gun installed in the truck is used by "Loyalty to the police" men to attack commissaire Grindel's car.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Twin MG42 in the truck.
Machine gun is firing. Note that the barrels fire in turn: now right barrel is firing...
...and now the left barrel.
A good view on the muzzles of MGs.

Other Weapons

F1 Hand Grenade

French F1 hand grenade is seen in hands of police officer Guilbeaux (uncredited).

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Rocket Launcher

Spiero (Stéphane Jobert) uses a rocket launcher to destroy the Gendarmerie minivan. It is supposed to be a movie prop, based upon an RPG-7.

RPG-7 - 40mm
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Spiero loads the rocket launcher.
Spiero aims.
Spiero fires. On the roof of the car is Lutz wearing night vision goggles.
The discharged rocket launcher.

Custom Flamethrower (based on Milkor Stopper)

In the opening scene of the movie one of Scatti's men uses a custom flamethrower to burn alive criminal boss Ginzbaum. The flamethrower consists of the launcher and the glass ampoule with flammable liquid which is assembled to the launcher's muzzle. The launcher itself looks like Milkor Stopper.

Milkor Stopper - 38mm
Scatti's man with flamethrower. The left part of this screenshot is censored due to excessive male nudity (after all, this is French movie!).
On the roof of Ginzbaum's penthouse.
After the shot. A close view on the muzzle allows to assume that the calibre of the launcher is about 40mm.

Barnett Commando Crossbow

Lutz (Xavier Deluc) uses a crossbow to shoot Le Stéphanois, commissaire Grindel's informant.

Barnett Commando Crossbow
Lutz (Xavier Deluc) aims his crossbow. His companion is Spiero (Stéphane Jobert).
A good view on the stock of the crossbow.

Spray Gun

Commissaire Scatti (Michel Serrault) uses a spray gun loaded with cyanide to kill Ginzbaum's boyfriend.

Lutz (Xavier Deluc) readies the spray gun.
Scatti (Michel Serrault) gives the empty spray gun back to Lutz.

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