Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
"L'ennemi public n°1" (original title)

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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Ardouin
Georges Wilson ...
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Le père de Jacques Mesrine
L'avocate de Jacques Mesrine
La journaliste interview
Alain Fromager ...
Jacques Dallier - journaliste pour Minute
Alain Doutey ...
Le président du tribunal à Compiègne
Arsène Mosca ...
Jojo - un policier
Christophe Vandevelde ...
Inspecteur Gégé
Luc Thuillier ...
Le commissaire OCRB / Lucien Aimé-Blanc


The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats - from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for bloody brutal violence, a scene of sexuality, nudity and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 November 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1  »

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Box Office


€21,166,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$100,242 (USA) (3 September 2010)


$275,125 (USA) (11 February 2011)

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Vincent Cassel gained 20 kgs (44 pounds) for the role during the four months leading up to the shoot. See more »


In the last scene in porte de Clignancourt, one may see behind commissaire Broussard a 'Kentucky Fried Chicken'. Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants did not exist in France in 1979. See more »


La journaliste interview: [Begins interview] Why are you doing this?
Jacques Mesrine: [long pause] Because I don't like laws.
Jacques Mesrine: I don't like the laws and I don't want to be a slave of the alarm clock my whole life.
Jacques Mesrine: I don't want to spend my entire life dreaming. I don't want to always think how I have to work half a year just so I could buy some thing.
La journaliste interview: What do you expect from your life? Recognition? Money?
Jacques Mesrine: [chuckles] What a question! Money, money, money... all of you just keep talking about it, always the same. But I'm completely different.
Jacques Mesrine: ...
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CrazyAboutFilm Movie of The week!
7 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jacques Mesrine (Cassel)one of France most notorious criminals, Wanted for murder and robbery. Easily escaping from every maximum prison thrown at him. He was certainly a colourful character. This amazing two part film literally blew me away. The action, characters and plot are all well thought out and directed by Jean-François Richet (Assault on precinct 13). In many ways his life mirrors that of john Dillinger's (Public Enemy) who was also a publicly acclaimed Anti-hero. As you follow the troubled front man, you start to understand that he had more in his sights then smash and grab hold ups.

Vincent Cassel is brilliant as the "honest bandit". I decided to watch part one (Killer Instinct) after that, I couldn't get enough of this rather vivid bio. Both parts of the story are equally as strong; the first being may be more accessible then the latter. But for the full effect I recommend you watch it back-to-back. It's a roller-coaster ride that leaves you wanting more.

But as the dust settles and Mesrine accepts his inevitable decline "If you are listening to this, then I have been sent to a cell, for which there is no escape" simply amazing cinema! Reviewer: Joshua Roberts For more weekly reviews go to

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