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The Professional (1981) More at IMDbPro »Le professionnel (original title)

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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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21 October 1981 (France) See more »
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 »
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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
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
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le professionnel" - France (original title)
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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As usual at the time, Jean-Paul Belmondo is performing his own stunts including those of the car chase on The Trocadero Plaza.See more »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Chi MaiSee more »


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22 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Nothing short of a masterpiece!, 22 July 1999
Author: Angeneer from Athens, Greece

This is a movie I can't help seeing again and again. The classic scenes are so many I don't have enough space to write them. Best of all, the very last scene (Joss exiting the castle). The movie is brilliantly complimented by Ennio Morricone's Chi Mai, a song you must have in your CD drawer. Don't you miss it!

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