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A Prophet (2009)
"Un prophète" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  26 March 2010 (USA)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adel Bencherif ...
Hichem Yacoubi ...
Jean-Philippe Ricci ...
Gilles Cohen ...
Pierre Leccia ...
Antoine Basler ...
Foued Nassah ...
Jean-Emmanuel Pagni ...
Frédéric Graziani ...
Rabah Loucif ...
L'avocat de Malik
Slimane Dazi ...


Nineteen year-old Franco-Arab Malik El Djebena is just starting his six year prison sentence in Brécourt. Although he has spent the better part of his life in juvenile detention, this stint is his first in an adult prison. Beyond the division of Corsicans and Muslims in the prison (the Corsicans who with their guard connections rule what happens in the prison), he has no known friends or enemies inside. He is just hoping to serve his time in peace and without incident, despite having no prospects once he's out of jail since he's illiterate and has no support outside of the prison. Due to logistics, the head of Corsican inmates, a sadistic mafioso named César Luciani, co-opts Malik as part of the Corsicans' activities, not only regarding what happens inside the prison, but also continued criminal activities outside. The innocent Malik has no idea what to do but cooperate. This move does not sit well with the other Corsicans, who only see Malik as a dirty Arab, and the Muslims who now ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexual content, nudity, language and drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£312,237 (UK) (22 January 2010)


$2,084,637 (USA) (25 June 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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This movie is awesome
15 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was one of the first French film I have ever watched. I decided to give it a go.

Initially I wasn't holding out much hope when I placed the DVD into my drive, I was wrong.

The film is a hard hitting which keeps you gripped and awaiting the clever plot, it doesn't not disappoint and the way in which the plot unfolds is clever as well as realistic. The actors do a very good job and the main actor is especially good, the white mob boss is also a superb actor.

The film is about an Arab who enters jail after a life of trouble. He soon becomes gripped into the underworld of gang violence, he then joins a white gang whilst carrying out jobs for them. Whilst he cleverly starts to build his own empire.

Go watch this film now, sometimes I don't watch films if I have not seen reviews or thousands of votes here on IMD. Trust me on this film, one of the best films I have seen in a long time and I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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