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Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct -- The first part of an epic two-film saga, "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" introduces us to Jacques Mesrine: daring bank robber, media showman, master of disguise, prison escape artist and iconic real-life outlaw.
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 -- The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct -- Mesrine: Killer Instinct -- "Check Out the Hardware" Clip
Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct -- MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido (Gerald Depardieu) Mesrine turns his back on middle class law-abiding and soon moves swiftly up the criminal ladder. After pulling off an audacious heist he and his lover Jeanne (Cecile de France) flee to Canada where the opportunity of one big payout lures him out of hiding and propels his towards international notoriety.

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Vincent Cassel ... Jacques Mesrine

Cécile De France ... Jeanne Schneider

Gérard Depardieu ... Guido

Gilles Lellouche ... Paul

Roy Dupuis ... Jean-Paul Mercier

Elena Anaya ... Sofia
Florence Thomassin ... Sarah
Michel Duchaussoy ... Pierre André Mesrine - le père de Jacques Mesrine
Myriam Boyer ... La mère de Jacques Mesrine
Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Ahmed - le proxénète

Gilbert Sicotte ... Le milliardaire
Deano Clavet ... Roger André

Ludivine Sagnier ... Sylvie Jeanjacquot
Mustapha Abourachid ... Le harki
Sofiane Benrazzak ... Le Fellagah #1 (as Sophiane Benrezzak)
Farid Fedjer ... Le Fellagah #2
Gilles Geisweiller ... L'officier français (as Gil Geisweiller)

Leïla Bekhti ... La fille du Fellagah
Dorothée Brière ... Suzon
Michelle Brûlé ... La propriétaire cambriolage
Yves Marc Gilbert ... Le propriétaire cambriolage (as Yves-Marc Gilbert)
Maria Ibars Valverde ... La jeune fille brune du dancing
Mercè Llorens ... La jeune fille blonde du dancing
Sabri Lahmer ... Gégé
Manuela Gourary ... Mado
Affif Ben Badra ... Le client énervé (as Ben Badra)
Frankie Pain ... Lulu
Emmanuelle Carlier ... La sage-femme
François Hauteserre ... Le complice du Neubourg (as François Hautesserre)
Jean-Claude Leguay ... Tabacoff
Louison Blivet ... Sabrina à 5 ans
Guilhem Pellegrin ... Le notaire
Caroline Ferrus ... Maggy
Arnaud Henriet ... Le portier du cercle de jeux
Angelo Aybar ... Le patron du cercle de jeux
Jeff Boudreault ... L'officier de l'immigration
Benoît Théberge ... Le valet du milliardaire
Sylvain Savard ... Le jardinier du milliardaire
Dominique Loiseau ... Le tueur
William Anderson Jr. ... Le policier de l'Arizona (as Bill Anderson)
Christian Bordeleau ... Le journaliste de l'aéroport
Christine Bellier ... Le Journaliste de l'Aéroport
Benoît Lavoisier ... Le journaliste de l'aéroport
Guy Thauvette ... Le directeur de l'USC
Jean-Loup Yale ... Thibaut Mailloche
Christine Beaulieu ... Lizon
Luc-Martial Dagenais ... Le directeur de banque
Danielle Lepine ... L'avocate
Monique Gosselin ... La gardienne de prison
Laurent Imbault ... Garde forestier
Paul Stewart ... Garde forestier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mathieu Amalric ... François Besse

Anne Consigny ... L'avocate de Jacques Mesrine

Olivier Gourmet ... Le commissaire Broussard

Tanya Katchouni ... Belle fille

Samuel Le Bihan ... Michel Ardouin
Daniel Soza ... Man at the Metro Station
Kevin Cormier ... Highway Patrol Officer (uncredited)
Anthony Delloye ... (uncredited)

Tomas Johansson ... AZ State Trooper (uncredited)
Mike Pastore ... AZ State Trooper (uncredited)
Alexandre Picot ... Garde du corps (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Pivolot ... Le gardien qui range la pince coupante (uncredited)
Eddy Saccomani ... (uncredited)
Clément Sageste ... Proche (uncredited)
Tom Sponberg ... AZ State Trooper (uncredited)
James Stickel ... AZ State Trooper (uncredited)
Angelo Vettese ... Police officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-François Richet 
 
Writing credits
Jacques Mesrine (book "L'instinct de mort")

Abdel Raouf Dafri (scenario)

Abdel Raouf Dafri (adaptation and dialogue) and
Jean-François Richet (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Manon Baudoin .... assistant producer
Maya Carillon .... assistant producer
Daniel Delume .... executive producer
Thomas Langmann .... producer
Emmanuel Montamat .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami (original music by)
Marcus Trumpp (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Gantz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid 
 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
Patrice Farner 
 
Production Design by
Emile Ghigo 
 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Cord'homme (set decoration)
 
Costume Design by
Virginie Montel 
 
Makeup Department
Avril Carpentier .... additional makeup artist
Catherine Duplan .... key hair stylist
Sandrine Gonzales .... makeup artist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Patricia Planche .... makeup artist additional
Alice Robert .... makeup artist
Jean-Christophe Roger .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Adrien Adriaco .... assistant unit manager
Miambanzila Charles .... assistant unit manager trainee
Pierre-Olivier Daudens .... assistant unit manager
Thibaud Garron .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Gravenhorst .... post production manager
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Frank Mettre .... post-production supervisor
Vincent Piant .... assistant unit manager
François Pulliat .... unit manager
Laurent Sivot .... production manager
Baptiste Souyri .... assistant unit manager
Gregory Valmir .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sophie Berger Forestier .... second assistant director
Ludovic Bernard .... first assistant director
Delphine Corrard .... second assistant director
Lili-Anne Crevier .... third assistant director
Marine Franssen .... second assistant director
Elodie Gay .... second second assistant director
Stéphane Malhuret .... additional first assistant director
Julie-Anne Simon .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Claire Amoureux-Nicole .... first assistant art director
Marianne Arsa .... assistant art director
Christophe Ballu .... constructor
Lilith Bekmezian .... assistant art director
Fabrice Bouchelet .... assistant property master
Dominique Brunel .... property master
Anne Cadiou .... assistant art director
Alexandre Chauvet .... art department accountant
Arnaud Chauvin .... props
Philippe Cord'homme .... set dresser
Nicolas Doerler .... props
Gerard Drolon .... first assistant art director (2007)
Joseph Gagné .... assistant art director
Hugues Gaudreault .... swing
Tristan Girault .... property master
Paulo Gonçalves .... props
Sévérine Guilbaud .... props
Jean-Manuel Martinez .... plasterer
Cédric Maserati .... set dresser
Martine Mongrain .... art department coordinator
Maurice Roy .... graphic artist
Patricia Ruelle .... assistant art director
Bernadette Saint Loubert .... set dresser
Asuka Sugiyama .... art department coordinator
 
Sound Department
Alexandre Andrillon .... boom operator
Yohann Angelvy .... adr foley editor
Mélanie Blouin .... foley editor
Hervé Buirette .... foley recordist: sound mixer
Hervé Buirette .... sound re-recording mixer
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Jon Goc .... sound editor (as Jonathan Goc)
Carl Goetgheluck .... sound re-recording mixer
François Groult .... sound mixer
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Sébastien Jeannot .... sound editor
Jean-Christophe Julé .... foley recordist
Jean Minondo .... sound
Loïc Prian .... sound editor
Franck Tassel .... assistant foley artist
Alexandre Widmer .... supervising sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Carmelle Beaudoin .... special effects technician
Georges Demétrau .... special effects supervisor
Max Garnier .... special effects technician
Jacques Godbout .... special effects
François Philippi .... special effects coordinator
Charles-Axel Vollard .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Jerome Auliac .... digital compositor
Anais Bertrand .... visual effects coordinator
Jerome Billet .... digital matte painter
Emilien Breuillier .... visual effects
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor
Anthony Charbonnier .... digital compositor
Florian Chauvet .... visual effects producer assistant
Jean-Nicolas Costa .... digital compositor
Nicolas Daniel .... data manager
Natalène Darfeuille .... visual effects production assistant
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects coordinator
Christophe Dehaene .... digital compositor
Stephane Dittoo .... digital compositor
Vincent Frei .... digital compositor
David Gourmaud .... visual effects editor
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Jeremy Guetta .... scanner operator
Pacini Kevin .... visual effects editor
Guillaume Le Gouez .... digital compositor
Jeremie Leroux .... visual effects supervisor
Stephane Lesmond .... visual effects video assist
Selim Mondzie .... visual effects artist
Fredrik Monteil .... digital compositor
Joel Pinto .... digital compositor
Elisa Pretta .... digital compositor
Olivier Puechberty .... matte painter
Siddharthan Raman .... roto/prep artist
Christian Simon .... digital compositor
Jeremy Séguin .... digital compositor
Georges Tornero .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Francis Bataille .... stunt driver
Christian Bergner .... stunts
Vincent Bersoulle .... stunts
Michel Bouis .... stunts
Vincent Chatelain .... stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
Cyrille Dufaut .... stunt driver
David Forax .... stunts
Philippe Guégan .... stunt coordinator
Christian Hening .... stunts
Jean-Francois Lachapelle .... stunt rigger
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunts
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt driver
Christophe Marsaud .... stunts
Franck Merenda .... stunts (as Francesco Merenda)
Laurent Mulot .... stunt driver
Patrick Médioni .... stunt coordinator
Julien Piguet .... stunt driver
Alexandre Rambure .... stunt driver
Patrick Ronchin .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Paul Ropars .... stunt driver
Thierry Saelens .... stunts
Sébastien Seveau .... stunt driver
Sebastien Vandenberghe .... stunts
José Gómez Rebolo .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Afchain .... grip
Katherine Allard .... camera trainee
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Jimmy Bourcier .... additional second assistant camera
Faith Brewer .... assistant camera
Eric Catelan .... a cam operator
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
Gaspard Cresp .... film loader
Mario d'Orio .... grip
Marie-Sophie Daniel .... second assistant camera
Grégoire de Calignon .... second assistant camera
Emmanuel de Fleury .... first assistant camera
Benoit Dentan .... aerial operator
Jean-Pierre Deschamps .... key grip
Isabelle Duquesnoy .... trainee assistant camera
Gilles Floquet .... grip
David Foquin .... second assistant camera
Olivier Fortin .... focus puller
Julien Gallois .... additional gaffer
Pierric Gantelmi d'Ille .... camera operator: second unit
Cédric Guerby .... electrician
Gayle Hilary .... assistant camera
Hans Krumenacker .... electrician
Kevin Laot .... video assist
Hervé Le Berrigaud .... additional grip
Nicolas Le Gal .... first assistant camera
Ludwig Manahan .... electrician: Quebec
Pierre Mazard .... focus puller
Cedric Meyrand .... electrician
Sophie Moulin .... additional grip
Benoît Pain .... second assistant camera
Dominic Pigeon .... video assist operator: Montreal
Pierre Rouger .... director of photography: additional
Eric Thurot .... electrician
Jean-Francois Tousignant .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Laurent Couraud .... extras casting
Kasia Krynska .... casting assistant
Stephanie Patrick .... extras casting
Bruno Rosato .... extras casting
Debbie Santelli .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gina G. Aller .... costumer
Elfie Carlier .... costumer
Ariane Daurat .... wardrobe assistant
Olivia Lahougue .... wardrobe supervisor
Valérie Le Hello .... wardrobe
Michèle Pezzin .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Anne-Sophie Bion .... first assistant editor
Sophie Chatin .... additional assistant editor
Jimmy Christophe .... color timer
Thibaut Damade .... assistant editor
Charlotte Lamy Le Loet .... assistant color timer
Fabien Pascal .... colorist
 
Music Department
Marco Beltrami .... executive music director
William Boston .... orchestrator
Tim Davies .... orchestrator
Bastide Donny .... composer: additional music
Rossano Galante .... orchestrator
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer
John Kurlander .... scoring mixer
Jérôme Lateur .... music supervisor and executive music producer
Dana Niu .... composer: additional music
Josh Sarles .... music engineer
Mehdi Sayah .... assistant music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Wesley S. Bloom .... driver
Paul DeBlois .... driver: cast
 
Other crew
Dominique Bandet .... production secretary
Marie-Josée Bernard .... assistant location manager
Anthony Cauchy .... business affairs manager: M6 Films
Maximilien Dion .... set runner
Marie-Christine Février .... production accountant
Marc Leroyer .... weapons coordinator
Emilie Maggiar .... production accountant assistant
Gianni Manno .... titles and credits designer
Frederic Moreau .... production assistant
Delphine Prothais .... production secretary
Isabelle Querrioux .... script supervisor
Nicolas Quéré .... location assistant
Lisa-Nina Rives .... assistant script supervisor
Gregoire Thomas .... production intern
Kevin Van Der Meiren .... production legal
 

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Also Known As:
"L'instinct de mort" - France (original title)
"Mesrine: Killer Instinct" - UK, USA
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong brutal violence, some sexual content and language
Runtime:
113 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Austria:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:18 | Ireland:16 | Ireland:15 (DVD rating) | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R15+ | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46248)

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Producer Thomas Langmann first contacted Vincent Cassel about the Mesrine project in 2002, after the release of Jacques Audiard's Read My Lips (2001) and Gaspar Noé's Irreversible (2002). Cassel initially accepted, but then bowed out as he found the script too "black and white". Benoît Magimel and Vincent Elbaz convinced by new helmer Jean-François Richet were then successively attached before Cassel returned, and especially Abdel Raouf Dafri's two-part script, claiming the screenwriter had succeeded in bringing the right tone to the picture and the character, bringing out all his darkness and paradoxes.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Mesrine & Mercier are standing on a the roof of the building in Montreal, you can see cars/trucks/vans on the street, you can clearly tell they are modern vehicles and not ones from the '70s when this is supposed to take place.See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Class gangster movie, 23 January 2010
Author: valleyjohn from United Kingdom

Every country has it's legendary Gangsters . In The UK it is the Kray Twins , In Italy it's anyone in The Sicilian Mafia , In America there is a list as long as your arm but not many people outside of France have heard of Jacques Mesrine ...... Now you have.

Based on the true story of gangster Jacques Mesrine - Mesrine presents the rise and fall of France's most notorious criminal through a two-part showcase; wherein a series of hold-ups, prison breaks and kidnappings, give us an insight into 'The Man with 1000 Faces'. Episode one creates the foundation of Jacques Mesrine's character; from his youth as a dedicated soldier serving in the Algerian war to his seduction by the neon glamour of Sixties Paris and the easy money it presents. Mentored by Guido , the handsome and charming Mesrine soon works his way up the criminal ladder, and flees to Canada with his lover Jeanne having pulled off an audacious heist. However, he cannot resist the temptation of one big payout, and is lured out of hiding and propelled towards international notoriety...

I'm a sucker for a gangster movie. Without a doubt it's my favourite Movie Genre and Mesrine : Killer instinct ticks all the boxes i require in a movie like this. The action is fantastic , the acting is totally believable and the personality that was Jacques Mesrine , makes this highly watchable . I have to confess i had never heard of Mesrine but thanks to a fantastic performance by Vincent Cassel , I'm unlikely ever to forget him.

If you like your Gangster movies then i can recommend this one to you. You might have to hunt for it thanks to people's ridiculous squeamishness for films with subtitles but as usual the foreign language film rarely disappoints and the best this about this film is that it's just the first part. There is a second film called Mesrine : Public enemy number one , and i cant wait to put it in the DVD player!

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