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I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster (2007)

J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un gangster (original title)
Told in four vignettes, this existential comedy relates the exploits of four aspiring criminals who hope to improve their lot, but find that they might not have what it takes for a life of crime.


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Cast overview:
Suzy - la serveuse
Gino - le braqueur
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Pierrot la Pince
Alain Bashung ...
Alain Bashung
Arno ...
Paul dit Paulo
Selma El Mouissi ...
Malaury Stone
Gérald Laroche ...
Le patron
Gábor Rassov ...
Le cuisinier


This is just another roadside cafeteria. Gino, who enters it discreetly, is an armed robber ... without an arm! He tries to hold up the place but fails pitifully: the pretty waitress won't allow! Two amateur kidnappers take a rich teenage girl hostage and want to exchange her for ransom. But their victim is not easy to deal with. Two singers meet in the cafeteria by chance and talk about a stolen song and a stolen woman. Five seventy-year-old retired robbers also meet at the cafeteria - where their hideout used to be - and work out a last caper. In the end, after having tried to steal from each other, go away together. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

26 March 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster  »

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€2,800,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Sergi López had been hired to play Gino but he broke his leg and was replaced by Edouard Baer. See more »


References Goodfellas (1990) See more »


That's my kitsch
Performed by Judith Trip
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Has its moments
24 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first movie we saw at Sundance this year, and we really did enjoy it. It's not a laugh riot from beginning to end, but its gentle humor amused us, and we were interested enough in the characters to care about the story. This was actually 4 vignettes tied together by a common location. We actually were disappointed that some of the stories were left hanging, so to speak, and we were left to wonder about their characters. Another picky-picky complaint (and perhaps this was just our theater), was that the subtitles got lost in the white counter tops at the bottom of the screen. They were very difficult to read at times. Perhaps a different color font should have been used.

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