Coup de torchon (Clean Slate)
Coup de torchon (Clean Slate) (1981)

Based on pulp master Jim Thompson's Pop. 1280, Bertrand Tavernier's Coup de Torchon is a sardonic thriller that remains true to its source's spirit, even as it transposes the action from the American South to colonial West… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 4, 1981
DVD Release Date: November 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Shifting the locale of Jim Thompson's novel to Colonial Africa, Tavernier has made a compelling, well acted film.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a study in amorality disguised as a sometimes shocking black comedy

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Clean Slate is a compelling offbeat morality play.

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Jeremy Heilman

It's often hilarious. It's just that that humor is so mordant that it's sometimes hard to accept.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
This was not my favorite Jim Thompson book, but Tavernier's vision is brilliant. Truly a film of nihilism, even more awry by the jazzy score and jumpy… More
Anthony Valletta
A intriguing morality tale with sprinkles of dark humor, sex and violence leaving a film that stays with you. Great direction, script and acting.