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Dead Weight (2002)
"Le boulet" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Action, Comedy  |  10 April 2002 (France)
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It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.

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Moltès
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Francis Reggio
José Garcia ...
Mustapha Amel alias "Le Turc"
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Det. Youssouf
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Pauline Reggio
Jean Benguigui ...
Saddam
Gary Tiplady ...
Le géant / The Giant
Gérard Darmon ...
Kowalski
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Malian #1
Marco Prince ...
Malian #2
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Malian #3 (as Omar)
Nicolas Anelka ...
Nicolas, the soccer player
Jacky Lambert
Renaud Rutten
Innocent Mboumgou
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It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.

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Rated PG-13 for some crude sexual content | See all certifications »
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$3,542,993 (France) (19 April 2002)

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$18,582,299 (Europe) (17 May 2002)
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The man at the airport reading the newspaper with Moltes' picture on the back is the Production Manager, Jean-Marc Deschamps See more »

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When the silver Peugeot is being driven parallel to the rogue Ferris wheel, the main character is seen honking the horn by hammering on the centre of the steering wheel. This model of car's horn is on the end of the indicator stalk, not on the wheel itself. See more »

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Spoofs Les rois du gag (1985) See more »

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Wildly inconsistent but not a dead loss
26 August 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

17 years after Patrice Leconte's Les Specialistes, glossy comedy-thriller Le Boulet finds Gerard Lanvin shackled and on the run again, this time with Benoît Poelvoorde's prison warder only days before his release in pursuit of a winning lottery ticket that sad sack Poelvoorde's girlfriend has taken with her to a cross-country rally in Africa after walking out on him. Naturally, just getting the ticket would be too easy, so they're also pursued by Djimon Hounsou's relentless cop with an uncanny knack of getting ahead of them at every turn and vengeful psychotic killer José Garcia. Unfortunately the results are somewhat hit-and-miss, not least due to the wildly shifting tone – like many French comedies this seems to take a delight in introducing likable supporting characters who meet violent ends that aren't particularly amusing, something domestic audiences seem to lap up but which doesn't travel terribly well. It doesn't help that the film's first big setpiece, a delirious and spectacular chase involving a runaway Ferris wheel in the streets of Paris, is much more fun than anything that follows, but overall it's more entertaining than not even if it doesn't live up to its potential.


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