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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Did You Know?


Barbet Schroeder was originally hired to direct the two Mesrine movies. He went on to direct Inju: The Beast in the Shadow (2008) starring Benoît Magimel, who was at one point attached as the lead in this project. See more »


When Mesrine drinks champagne with the commissaire Broussard, he holds the glass in his right hand when filmed from the front, and his left hand when filmed from the back. 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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Why can't biopics go deeper into the childhood?
8 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mesrine was both a Reniassance man and a sociopath. H cooks wonderfully, loves fine wine and good cigars, as well as fancy women. But he is absolutely ruthless. When he creeps into the hospital to see his dying father, you wonder "What went wrong?" Was the father too strict? Not strict enough? Mesrine obviously had a death wish as he courts his death with flair and imagination.

He loves the media, and is loved in return. Unlike the complicit media who lied about Pat Tillman's death at the hands of members of his own company and infuriated his family, Mesrine and Paris Match are on the same page. To see how gentle he is with the family he takes hostage, and how he doesn't desert the other crook who has been shot in the leg, shows you that this murderer has many facets to his character.

As I looked up the history of the right-wing writer they leave for dead, I was amused to see a video of him from his hospital bed, and he is very handsome, much more so than the bland actor portraying him. Mesrine, au contraire, is much handsomer than the real Mesrine. But , like many movies about famous people, I am left empty wishing there was more substance to the causal factors in his life.

Nonetheless, I am buying both to see again.

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