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I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)

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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)  »

Also Known As:

I Hired a Contract Killer  »

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SEK 358,533 (Sweden)
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Trivia

In the card playing scene, the lyrics of the Finnish song sum up what has happened up till that point. See more »

Quotes

The Killer: [the killer finds Henri, but starts to cough blood] Cancer. I'll be gone in a few weeks time.
Henri Boulanger: I'm sorry.
The Killer: Why? It'll take me out of here.
Henri Boulanger: Don't you like it here?
The Killer: No. I'm a loser.
Henri Boulanger: But this time you win.
The Killer: That's what you think. Life is a disappointment.
[the killer shoots himself]
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Connections

Remake of On demande un assassin (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Time On My Hands
Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Harold Adamson and Mack Gordon
Performed by Billie Holiday
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A man hires a killer to kill him at undetermined time but suddenly wakes up to a reality where he doesn't want to die anymore.
20 September 1999 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Finnish movies are often blamed (at least by Finns themselves) for containing very weak emotions and total lack of good humor. In my opinion, this movie gives a great deal of both.

The main character is an immigrant who loses his job and while swimming in depression, he tries to kill himself (and fails on it, too).

The movie gets great after the point where our hero hires an contract killer to kill him. Since his life is already lost (and the killer is going to kill him anytime), he begins to sink more and more into misery just when... he falls in love.

Suddenly, life isn't so bad anymore - too bad that the killer is still shadowing him and just trying to finish the contract they've made.

I just simply LOVE this movie, it is so funny and yet so good parody about all Finnish customs and traditions.


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