IMDb > Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
L'instinct de mort
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008) More at IMDbPro »L'instinct de mort (original title)

Photos (See all 17 | slideshow) Videos (see all 7)
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.


User Rating:
7.6/10   23,705 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 13% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 October 2008 (Belgium) See more »
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
8 wins & 12 nominations See more »
(93 articles)
Watch: First Red Band Trailer for 'The Connection' Starring Jean Dujardin
 (From Rope Of Silicon. 6 March 2015, 7:53 AM, PST)

Win The Informant on Blu-ray
 (From HeyUGuys. 22 August 2014, 12:00 AM, PDT)

Wild Bunch unveils Cannes slate
 (From ScreenDaily. 6 May 2014, 6:58 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Surprisingly good gangster film See more (57 total) »


  (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)
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
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
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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'instinct de mort" - France (original title)
"Mesrine: Killer Instinct" - UK, USA
See more »
Rated R for strong brutal violence, some sexual content and language
113 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

Benoît Magimel, who was at one time set to star, stepped down from the Mesrine project without informing producer Thomas Langmann, choosing instead to issue a press release. As a result of this a fight erupted on November 25th 2004 at the Intertalent talent agency between Langmann and Magimel's agent, François Samuelson, where Langmann headbutted Samuelson and broke his nose. Samuelson was on sick leave for nine days and pressed charges against Langmann.See more »
Factual errors: When Mesrine returns to Canada after his arrest in the USA he is shown on an Air Canada Caravelle, an aircraft never flown in real life by Air Canada.See more »
Movie Connections:
Blue MoanSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly good gangster film, 17 August 2011
Author: Munin75 from France

"Mesrine: Killer Instinct" is the first movie of a two-part saga on real-life gangster Jacques Mesrine. The second part is called "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1". I saw both of them in the theaters, and was blown away. I didn't know contemporary French cinema could actually make good (and serious) gangster movies. Well now it's done.

In real life, Jacques Mesrine is certainly the most famous gangster in France along with Albert Spaggiari whose life and criminal activities are also astonishing, and whose anti-hero Robin-Hood-like status in popular opinion is as strong. Naturally, both of these gangsters' heists and feats have been adapted on screen numerous times, in fairly disappointing movies, but "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" (let's just call it "Mesrine") is to this date the only film about one of these gangsters which truly is good and may actually stand the test of time. I don't think there will be another movie about Mesrine in a while, because it will be hard to top this one.

All you need to know about the plot is that it's about a real-life gangster known for his heists and numerous prison escapes, which made him a sort of cult anti-hero. Vincent Cassel as a rebel Mesrine with a strong personality is obviously great, as are all the main actors, who were already famous in francophone cinema and with reason. The movie follows Mesrine's adventures in Algeria, France, Spain, Quebec and the USA, making it a fun ride. It briefly addresses political issues of the Algerian War, Quebec independence and living conditions in federal prisons, making it somewhat of a historical film. The political issue actually culminates in the second part of the saga when Mesrine, in an attempt to glorify his image, tries to justify his actions with political strife, although truthfully he's just a very talented thief. The movie's pace is interesting throughout, and we get to see the first half of a gangster's life unravel as his notoriety gets stronger. I do have one criticism : the movie sometimes skips scenes important to the plot. In one scene he's about to rob a bank, and in the next he's in prison. There are many more examples like this throughout the movie and it's somewhat frustrating. I guess the filmmakers didn't feel it was necessary to show how he was caught, or they didn't have the budget, but I would have preferred 10 minutes more of film for a clearer continuity.

Some commentators have accused "Mesrine" of ripping off American gangster films. I personally fail to see how. This movie has a very French feeling to it, it's more raw and realistic, it doesn't rely on a majestic soundtrack, dark cinematography, or mobster stereotypes, the likes of "The Godfather", "The Untouchables", "Goodfellas", "Road to Perdition", "The Departed" or others. I love these American films which are all original in their own way, and "Mesrine"'s approach is just as different as each of these great films. I'd be more willing to compare "Mesrine" with another more recent (and great) French gangster film, "A Prophet", which bears the same typical French or European style.

Anyway, "Mesrine: Killer Instinct" is a great gangster film which I recommend to all. I prefer it to it's second part "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1" but one should see both of them.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (57 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Colt 1911 with a 12 round magazine? phlupple
Small FYI on English subtitles deflime
Prouncing the name 'Mesrine' Framescourer
Note to Hollywood! this is how you make a frickin movie! jlnewton147
Movies like this? kitie7
Mesrine: The Story of a Stupid Criminal mfits
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 The Baader Meinhof Complex The Getaway Public Enemies Burnt Money
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.