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I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  12 October 1990 (Finland)
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After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Margi Clarke ...
Margaret
Kenneth Colley ...
The Killer
T.R. Bowen ...
Department Head (as Trevor Bowen)
Imogen Claire ...
Secretary (as Immogen Clare)
Angela Walsh ...
Landlady
Cyril Epstein ...
Taxi Driver
Nicky Tesco ...
Pete
Charles Cork ...
Al
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The Killer's Boss
Tex Axile ...
Barkeeper
Walter Sparrow ...
Hotel Porter
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Frank
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Guitar Player / Singer
Peter Graves ...
Jeweller
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Storyline

After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to murder him at some unspecified time in the future. But almost immediately he meets and falls in love with Margaret, a flower-seller, which makes Henri realise that his life has some meaning after all. But when he goes back to the bar to cancel the contract, he finds it has been demolished - and there's no way he can get in touch with the killer... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Lej aldrig yrkesmördare i rivningskåkar! [Never hire a professional killer in a condemned building!]

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Drama | Comedy

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Release Date:

12 October 1990 (Finland)  »

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SEK 358,533 (Sweden)
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The film is dedicated to the memory of Michael Powell. See more »

Quotes

Margaret: [Henri has just spend a night with Margaret] What about now? You still want to die?
Henri Boulanger: No no, not anymore.
Margaret: Because you met me?
Henri Boulanger: Yes, that's made me change my mind.
Margaret: Only because of my blue eyes?
Henri Boulanger: Are they blue?
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Cuesta abajo
Music by Carlos Gardel
Lyrics by Alfredo Le Pera
Performed by Carlos Gardel
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a man who don't want to live, contracts a killer who don't want to die.
20 April 2005 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Great movie. Based on the story by Jules Verne Les Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine, Kaurismaki surprise us again with his strange humorous style. A story about feelings in an inexpressive way; don't mind how blue you can feel, there's always a place for love and hope. People and their contradictions; a man who don't want to live, contracts a killer who don't want to die. If you have seen any Kaurismaki's films, you should know that they are different; His way of filming and his stories are not "normal" in the commercial way; he seems to keep the distances with the characters, and that could be annoying for some people; but if you like it, you will love all his films. Kaurismaki is a genius, and he is funny too.


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