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Le professionnel
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The Professional -- Joss Beaumont is a professional killer who was imprisoned before he could complete his mission. Now he's out and ready to finish what he started.

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Release Date:
21 October 1981 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Starts out mediocre and winds up as a great classic. See more (34 total) »

Cast

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Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Josselin Beaumont dit 'Joss'

Jean Desailly ... Le ministre

Cyrielle Clair ... Alice Ancelin (as Cyrielle Claire)
Marie-Christine Descouard ... Doris Frederiksen

Elisabeth Margoni ... 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
Baaron
Robert Hossein ... Le commissaire Rosen
Dany Kogan ... Sergent Gruber
Marc Lamole ... Le serveur d'hôtel
Jacques Canselier ... Le petit homme aux fleurs
Bernard Marcellin ... Agent service secret #1
Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Agent service secret #2
Claude-Bernard Perot ... Agent service secret #3
Yves Pignot ... Agent service secret #4
Cheik Doukouré ... Le docteur infirmerie
Pascal N'Zonzi ... Arthur secrétaire Njala
Serge Nubret ... L'infirmier au procès
Guillaume Corea ... Le procureur
André Weber ... Le clochard 'associé'
Michel Berreur ... Un clochard
Julien Bukowski ... Un clochard
Pierre Forget ... Un clochard
René Lafleur ... Un clochard
Maurice Auzel ... Le poulet #1
Daniel Breton ... Le poulet #2
Bele Mukeba ... Le gardien du bagne #1
Samuel Nolison ... Le gardien du bagne #2
Beate Kopp ... La postière
Sidney Kotto ... Le speaker télé
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Jovanovic ... Agent service secret #5 (uncredited)
Charly Koubesserian ... Homme a la gare (uncredited)
Pierre Vernier ... Salvatore Volfoni (uncredited)

Directed by
Georges Lautner 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Patrick Alexander  novel
Jacques Audiard 
Michel Audiard 
Georges Lautner 

Produced by
Alain Belmondo .... producer
Jean-Paul Belmondo .... producer
Georges Dancigers .... delegate producer
Alexandre Mnouchkine .... delegate producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Michelle David 
 
Production Design by
Eric Moulard 
 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Turlure 
 
Costume Design by
Paulette Breil 
 
Makeup Department
Charly Koubesserian .... key makeup artist
Jacques Leymond .... hair stylist
Alice Schwartz .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Alain Belmondo .... unit production manager
Dominique Rigaux .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Alain Sempé .... sound
 
Stunts
Jean-Paul Belmondo .... stunt driver
Claude Carliez .... fight coordinator
Rémy Julienne .... stunt coordinator
Raymond Touroul .... stunt double driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Rodallec .... camera operator
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Annie Maurel .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Le professionnel" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
108 min
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Trivia:
Ennio Morricone's musical theme "Chi Mai" was composed for Maddalena (1971). The song was completely re-recorded in 1978 for the single "Disco '78" with heavier drums and in a different key. After hearing this version on the radio, Jean-Paul Belmondo was so impressed that he suggested it should be put into the soundtrack of his film. Ultimately, the record of this musical score was not only more successful than its initial release but came to be one of Morricone's bestselling work.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Starts out mediocre and winds up as a great classic., 24 July 2004
Author: Xander77 from Arad, Israel

The tale of an assassin left behind, and his quest to get revenge has been done in many movies. For about 50 minutes, this version isn't in any way exceptional, and has nothing special going for it - in fact, at times, it is rather silly.

Then we get to a high noon duel in the streets of Paris - and you have to pause, and ask yourself - did I accidentally change channels and ran into a Sergeo Leone film? Because this scene is definitely good enough for "Once Upon a Time in the West"... accompanied as it is with Ennio Morricones score.

From this moment the film becomes faster, more intense and more interesting, until it culminates in the absolutely classic scene of Belmondo walking away towards the helicopter, with "Chi Mai" (bet you heard the tune before, and had no idea where it's from) accompanying him...

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