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21 October 1981 (France) See more »
French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 See more (34 total) »


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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:
Radisa-Steves Jovanovic ... Agent service secret #5 (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
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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Also Known As:
"Le professionnel" - France (original title)
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Released years before this film, Ennio Morricone's musical theme "Chi Mai" was never intended to be used for cinema. After hearing it on the radio however, 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 »
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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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
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
Author: ( from San Salvador, El Salvador

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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