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  (in credits order)

Jamel Debbouze ... André Moussah

Rie Rasmussen ... Angel-A

Gilbert Melki ... Franck
Serge Riaboukine ... Pedro
Akim Chir ... Le chef des malfrats
Eric Balliet ... Garde du corps Franck
Loïc Pora ... Le malfrat #2
Venus Boone ... La mère d'Angela
Jérôme Guesdon ... Le malfrat #3
Michel Bellot ... Le planton US
Michel Chesneau ... Le flic commissariat
Olivier Claverie ... Le sécrétaire US
Solange Milhaud ... La femme de Saint-Lazare
Laurent Jumeaucourt ... Le dragueur
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Le dernier client
Akim Colour ... Le chef des malfrats
Tonio Descanvelle ... Client Angela 2
Grigori Manoukov ... Le serveur roumain
Alain Zef ... Le sommelier
Jean-Marc Montalto ... Le réceptionniste (as Jean-Marco Montalto)
Jil Milan ... Client Angela 1
Todd Thaler ... Le père d'Angela (as Todd M. Thaler)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gael Triam ... Client Angela 3

Directed by
Luc Besson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luc Besson 

Produced by
Luc Besson .... producer
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Anja Garbarek 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast 
Film Editing by
Christine Lucas Navarro (co-editor)
Frédéric Thoraval 
Casting by
Swan Pham 
Production Design by
Jacques Bufnoir 
Costume Design by
Martine Rapin 
Makeup Department
Delphine Duguet .... makeup artist
Diane Duroc .... key hair stylist
Beya Gasmi .... hair stylist
Nicolas Le Scour .... hair stylist
Stephan Marais .... makeup artist: Rie Rasmussen
Mélanie Queyrel .... makeup artist
Françoise Quilichini .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Arnaud Chabance .... assistant unit manager
Rashid Debbouze .... assistant unit manager
Emilie Desbois .... assistant unit manager (as Emilie Lemoine)
Bruno Guilhem .... assistant unit manager
Erwan Hiernard .... assistant unit manager
Didier Hoarau .... production manager
Patrick Le Goc .... unit production manager
Vivien Loiseau .... assistant unit manager
Clara Vincienne .... post-production supervisor
Stéphanie Vérin .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Canal .... first assistant director
Guilhem Colombani .... trainee assistant director
Armel Gourvennec .... second assistant director
Marie Legendre .... trainee assistant director
Fannie Pailloux .... trainee assistant director
Nicolas Quéré .... trainee assistant director
Camille Robert .... trainee assistant director
Stéphanie Seilhean .... second assistant director
Alexandre Tisseyre .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Françoise Doré .... set dresser
Julien Durguel .... props buyer
Johann George .... first assistant art director
Camille Gruman .... art department accountant
Ludovic Guille .... assistant property master
Richard Guille .... property master
Leonardo Pancari .... carpenter
Per-Olof Renard .... first assistant art director
Patricia Ruelle .... scenic artist
Patricia Ruelle .... weathering painter
Cédric Maserati .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alexandre Andrillon .... assistant sound
Adrien Arnaud .... foley editor
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Thomas Bernard .... sound recordist
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Matthieu Dallaporta .... sound re-recording assistant
Jon Goc .... assistant sound editor (as Jonathan Goc)
Loïc Gourbe .... sound recordist
Sébastien Jeannot .... dialogue editor
Grégory Lacroix .... boom operator
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Didier Lozahic .... sound re-recording mixer
Fred Mays .... post-synchronisation
Jean Minondo .... sound
Philippe Seban .... assistant foley artist
Alexandre Widmer .... supervising sound editor
Alexandre Fleurant .... sound effects editor: night club scene (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Aurelia Abate .... effects producer
Pierre Buffin .... special effects supervisor
Jérome de Baecque .... effects producer
Georges Demétrau .... special effects
Rahel Makonnen .... special effects coordinator
Jérome Miel .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Nicolas Bernard .... digital artist: BUF
Anais Bertrand .... visual effects coordinator
Stephanie Broussaud .... Lustre assistant
Stephane Ceretti .... digital compositor: BUF
Nicolas Chevallier .... digital artist
Antoine Deschamps .... digital artist
Nicolas Galan .... software engineer: research and development
Mikael Genachte-Lebail .... digital artist: BUF
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical director: Duboicolor
Noel Hocquet .... digital artist: BUF
Abdel Ali Kassou .... imaging manager
David Lebrun .... digital artist
Anthony Lyant .... digital artist: BUF (as Anthony Liant)
Anh Tu Mai .... animation supervisor
Stephane Naze .... visual effects supervisor: BUF
Ekkarat Rodthong .... digital artist: BUF
Debaveye Thibault .... Flame artist
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Patrick Bernaud .... stunt driver
Sybille Blouin .... stunts
Thong Bui .... stunts
Mohamed Elachi .... stunts
Samy Gharbi .... stunt double
Michel Julienne .... stunt driver
Pascal Lavanchy .... stunt driver
Gabriel Mercier .... stunts
Loïc Molla .... stunts
David Moulin .... stunts
Maud Muller .... stunts (as Maud Muller-Vitu)
Sébastien Peres .... stunts
Cyril Raffaelli .... stunt coordinator
Frederick Renard .... stunts
Loïc Saintilan .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Agostini .... first assistant camera
Loïc Andrieu .... assistant Steadicam operator
Stéphane Birzin .... grip
Mathieu Caudroy .... Steadicam operator
Jean Chesneau .... grip
Antoni Dimundu .... grip
Jan Gagnaire .... grip
William Gally .... gaffer
Etienne George .... still photographer
Nicolas Lartigue .... second assistant camera
David le Mevel .... electrician
Maud Lemaistre .... additional first assistant camera
Laurent Martin .... grip
Jean-Pierre Mas .... key grip
Samir Moundy .... electrician
Philippe Mourier .... grip
Marc Mulero .... gaffer
Claire Pierrard .... second assistant camera
Cedric Poisson .... grip
Vincent Richard .... second assistant camera
Vince Rodriguez .... gaffer (as Vincent Rodriguez)
William Sally .... electrician
Olivier Sargatal .... gaffer
Richard Savoye .... underwater cinematographer
Daniel Smith .... still photographer
Philippe Vigier .... electrician
Casting Department
Samia Fadli .... extras casting
Franck Léger .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Élodie Desautels .... costumer
Annie Guégan .... assistant costumer
Marie-Line Harrang .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Basile Belkhiri .... avid technician: Digital Factory
Élodie Ichter .... digital intermediate editor
Aurélie Laumont .... color timer
Yvan Lucas .... colorist: Duboicolor
Fabien Pascal .... colorist
Stéphanie Pedelacq .... assistant editor
Nora Sèches .... color timer
Sidonie Waserman .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Lohengrin Braconnier .... assistant music mixer
Jérôme Devoise .... score mixer
Gisèle Gérard-Tolini .... conductor
Gisèle Gérard-Tolini .... orchestrator
Jérôme Lateur .... music supervisor
Vincent Lebegue .... music legal coordinator
Elise Luguern .... music production supervisor
Alexandre Mahout .... music assistant
Samuel Potin .... music editor
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant music supervisor
Other crew
Isabelle Agid .... assistant: Luc Besson
Denise Anderson .... production staff
Dominique Baran .... production administrator
Laura Chéron .... production secretary
Mali Cilla .... script supervisor
Camille Courau .... production assistant
Romuald Drault .... accountant supervisor (as Romuald Brault)
Michel Dupuis .... production accountant
Marie-Christine Février .... production administrator
Marc Libert .... assistant: Luc Besson
Christophe Maratier .... supervising armorer
Harmel Sbraire .... coach
Harmel Sbraire .... coach: actors
Martin Séchet .... making-of director

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Shot over a period of nine weeks.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Andre has a meeting with Frank in his office, the teaspoon on table changes position without Andre touching it.See more »
Angel-A:If I give you my life, would you know what to do with it?
André:If you give a man a carrot, he'll know what to do with it.
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Movie Connections:
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72 out of 86 people found the following review useful.
Jump off a bridge and fall in love, 11 January 2006
Author: (Vomitron_G) from the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids

The last time Luc Besson directed a movie, was back in 1999. The last six years he occupied himself with his production-company EuropaCorp and by writing a lot of screenplays. Now he's back with his 9th feature film, ANGEL-A. This time no gunfights, car-chases or explosions. Nope, this time the man brings us, of all things, a romantic comedy. The movie is completely shot in Paris and seems to be one of the most secret projects of French cinema. Honestly, I can't see why, except maybe for a nice plot-twist which is presented to us halfway through the movie and not, as usual, near the end.

The plot (don't worry, no spoilers): André is a regular swindler. He lies and cheats all the time and owes money to almost every criminal in Paris. After being beaten and threatened for the umpteenth time, he decides to kill himself by jumping off a bridge. On the verge of committing this act of despair, while standing on a bridge, he looks to the left and sees a girl about to do the same thing. When she jumps, he jumps after her and saves her from drowning. She's so thankful that she offers to do anything he wants while constantly remaining at his side. Suprisedly, she turns out to be a real life-saver by finding a lot of dubious ways to earn money and pay off André's debts. After a while André wants to know why she's doing all these things for him and is curious about her past...

Jamel Debbouze (you might know him as the slightly retarded grocer's assistant in LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMÉLIE POULAIN) is particularly good as the nervous André. The Dannish Rie Rasmussen, a sexy blond goddess with legs that go all the way, takes a little more time to convince as Angela. However, there is a certain chemistry between the two of them. The other characters are merely caricatured portraits of criminals and gangsters.

The story is rather straightforward and relies a lot on funny situations and dialogues. A lot of talking is being done and I must say most of the lines are well-written. Near the end of the movie, unfortunately, Luc Besson goes way over-the-top, making the movie lose a lot of credibility. But then again, it just might be possible that the end could be interpreted in two different ways. And that makes me suspect that Besson likes to play it safe by trying to please as many viewers as possible.

Anyway, a very important reason to watch this movie is the atmospheric black & white-photography by cinematographer Thierry Arbogast, who also worked on Besson's previous films. Paris, during autumn, is beautifully transferred to the screen with well-balanced lighting. The movie also has some impressive shots of 'la Tour Eiffel', a cathedral in 'le XVe arrondissement' and the many bridges to be found in Paris.

Most likely ANGEL-A will have as many defenders as adversaries, not necessarily to be divided in Besson-fans and not-fans respectively. But both parties will have to admit Besson had the guts to try something different. So let the box-office decide whether this genre-effort is successful or not.

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