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I Want to Be a Gangster (I) (2008)
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Jack, a young thug, mingles with a bunch of hard boiled gangsters and tries to outsmart them. He ends up tied to a tree on a chain like a dog. A new adventure begins, not the one he had wished for.



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Credited cast:
Julien Courbey ...
Jean-Marie Lamour ...
Jacques Frantz ...
Le patron
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Le grand patron
Le décontracté
Alexandre Pesle ...
Frédéric Saurel ...
Le gardien
Ménélik ...
Le joueur roulette #1
Bruno Le Millin ...
Le joueur roulette #2
Jeanne Savary ...
La femme
François Feroleto ...
Le frimeur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karim Belkhadra ...
Homme de main #1
Franck Monsigny ...
Homme de main #2


After committing a deadly mistake with ultra-violent gangsters a small-time crook ends up tied to a tree deep in the woods. Bait for all kinds of predators, wandering creatures, and condemned to thirst and hunger. Pure torture. Food for thought for a young wannabe gangster who fought hard to join the baddest gang of all. Beware what you wish for. You might not survive it. Written by Kurt

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16 April 2008 (France)  »

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$4,000 (estimated)

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17 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

With such a low rating and no comment,who will watch this excellent thriller which forms a sharp contrast to the average level of the French so called film noir of the era? The first third may seem trite and with its subjects of Russian roulette or "the gays who would enjoy smoking cigars(?)" ,it could lead the director in Tarantino territory.Things go better with the "test" you've got to pass to be part of the gang ;there's a lot of black humor in the scene in which the hero "teaches" a young recruit (a head's relative)how to hold up a bank.

But the movie really takes off when the young hero "ends up tied to a tree like a dog in a forest where there 's nobody miles around";or almost nobody should I write.With very restricted means,the film becomes closer to some of HItchcock's enclosed space movies,such works as "rope" or "lifeboat" .To write more would be a spoiler.If you find the final unexpected twist far-fetched (and it is in a way),remember the plane .

The gangsters scenes which are actually a long flashback are badly introduced with pretentious pictures in the "present",but apart from this,this is an unfairly overlooked thriller.

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