The Professional (1981)
"Le professionnel" (original title)

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Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josselin Beaumont dit 'Joss'
Le ministre
Alice Ancelin (as Cyrielle Claire)
Marie-Christine Descouard ...
Doris Frederiksen
Jeanne Baumont
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Le colonel Martin
Michel Beaune ...
Le capitaine Valeras
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
L'inspecteur Farges (as Bernard Donnadieu)
Pierre Saintons ...
Le président N'Jala
Gérard Darrieu ...
L'instructeur Picard
Sidiki Bakaba ...
Le prisonnier évadé
Robert Hossein ...
Le commissaire Rosen
Dany Kogan ...
Sergent Gruber
Marc Lamole ...
Le serveur d'hôtel


French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit. Written by Yuri German <>

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21 October 1981 (France)  »

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FRF 20,000,000 (estimated)

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4th highest grossing movie of its year in France. Broke the 300,000 admissions mark in Paris; a record at the time. See more »


When the clochards reach the car with the policemen inside, one of the chlochards destroys a bottle on the roof of the car, so the roof gets wet and there are lots of glass splinters on it. In various shots after, the roof is completely clean again. See more »


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Le Vent, Le Cri
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Directed by Ennio Morricone
Published by Général Music France
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A french secret agent(Joss) is assigned to kill an african country president but during his travelling mission political situation in France has changed and Joss is betrayed by his government and he become p
16 July 2000 | by (San Salvador,El Salvador) – See all my reviews

This is the best movie that Jean Paul Belmondo performance the movie came to this country in 1982 and you can see it how france handle political situation.. is the same way that countries in the first world treated third world countries during that time and if you remember during the 80's cold war was in the very best successful, beside this the acting is good and Ennio Morricone music "Chi Mai" combined with the dramatical scenes gives to you a spectacular moment that you never are going to forget this is the kind of movie for have in collection but unfortunately is not released in DVD region#1 or VHS but if you have an opportunity to rent it in your local video store ""DO IT""

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