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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


There is a tactile paving on Stalingrad metro station: this was not installed at that time. Also, while Mesrine is in the metro, one may see the RATP Green, which is the color of modern Paris metro. At that time, line 2 metro were blue. 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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Masterpiece Part 2

Last Month, I commented Mesrine Part One: "L'Instinct de Mort".

Now, there is Part Two.

This movie is as terrific and exciting as the previous one. The characterization as fascinating and poignant too. Cassel gives here his best performance ever. Whatever he will do in the future, he will never do better. He has reached here the top of his career.

I'll just describe one sequence. Somewhere the equivalent of the one I gave you for the previous chapter. Remember, when Cassel and Depardieu took a woman protector - an Arab - for a "ride" in their car.

Here, in this movie, Cassel and his anarchist, revolutionary and extreme left winged friend Lanvin - Charlie Bauer - take a journalist for a ride in their car, too. An extreme right winged one. A fascist. So, when the journalist in question tells the two men that the Algerians deserved to be killed in Paris, in 1961, and thrown in the Seine by Papon's policemen, don't miss Lanvin's eyes in the rear mirror. Don't miss his face. Especially when you already know that Lanvin -Bauer - fought for free Algeria, and that he hates fascists to the death.

At this moment, you understand that this journalist - who also told in his papers that Mesrine was a traitor for his friends and a coward too

  • was going to live some "difficult" moments...

So delicious to witness in the audience, I mean.

And about the very ending, the last shot of this film, I promise that every one in the theatre stays still some minutes afterwards. Stroke by lightning. Even if every one is prepared for it.

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