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I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 October 1990 (Finland)
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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Margaret
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The Killer
T.R. Bowen ...
Department Head (as Trevor Bowen)
Imogen Claire ...
Secretary (as Immogen Clare)
Angela Walsh ...
Landlady
Cyril Epstein ...
Taxi Driver
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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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Last cinema film of Peter Graves. See more »

Quotes

Henri Boulanger: Do you want to leave your home?
Margaret: The working class has no fatherland.
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Connections

Remake of Man lebt nur einmal (1952) See more »

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General Election
Lord Beginner and Cyril Blake'S Calypso Band
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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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