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Release Date:
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 »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Wonderful movie. You never get tired of watching it. 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:
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 »
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 »
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful movie. You never get tired of watching it., 4 March 2006
Author: tmanushi from Albania

For me this is the best work of Bel Mondo. The story its just perfect, Joss (main character) uses the orders that the service gave to him to kill president N'jala even after he became friend to to his government. They betrayed him and left him to die in prison. The character of commissaire Rosen it's a perfect one. I have seen this movie maybe 20 times and every time I find something new. The speech in the end between the minister and capitaine Valeras it's my preferite moment: Is this call under surveillance? Of course Mr. Minister. The duel between Rosen and Joss in the best picture of Paris I have ever seen is also great. But the truth is every moment and every word is perfect. You don't have to miss this movie.

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