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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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  (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

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'instinct de mort" - France (original title)
"Mesrine: Killer Instinct" - UK, USA
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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?

Jean-Pierre Cassel was originally set for the role of Jacques Mesrine's father (ultimately held by Michel Duchaussoy) in this and Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008).See more »
Anachronisms: As Jean-Paul waits on the platform of the Montreal metro, a "Stand clear of the doors" sticker can clearly be seen. These were only introduced in 2001.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The French Clyde Barrow, 17 November 2010
Author: Dharmendra Singh from Birmingham, England

It is true that Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) was France's public enemy number one during the 60s and 70s. It is also true that he murdered several people, robbed banks, repeatedly escaped from prison, and basically did all the things that legendary criminals aspire to do. But to think of him as just another criminal would be an unreasonable caricature.

In this first half of the notorious gangster's life, director Jean-Francois Richet evinces the louche charm of the French criminal underworld in an effort to depict Jacques in a sympathetic light.

After a troubling time soldiering in the Algerian War, Jacques returns to Paris, where before long his sense of dissatisfaction takes charge of him and he accepts a friend's offer of 'off-the-book work', i.e. crime.

He is introduced to Guido (Gerard Depardieu), the head of a right-wing terrorist group operating in France's underworld. Guido recruits him, but warns that 'In our business, you don't win'. Depardieu plays his role with quiet brilliance. His acting is understated, yet he manages to be eerily menacing.

While on holiday Jacques, in a manner that would rival a James Bond-style seduction, beguiles then later marries his Spanish wife, Sofia (Elena Anaya). His sojourn is curtailed, however, when he goes back to Paris to murder the Arab pimp of a former lover.

That Jacques is a ruthless, relentless recidivist is never for one moment hidden. He may be a gangster, who violently casts aside his wife for his friends, but this is a man of principle, albeit criminal principle. He steals only from banks because, in his words, they have enough money to allow it; he never kills a person if they are unarmed; and he fulfills his promise to liberate his ex-prison inmates once he has successfully escaped himself. It is precisely these paradoxes which never quite allow you to feel that he is completely worthless.

He is finally jailed (on the first of several occasions) for a botched bank robbery. When he is released, he makes an attempt to 'go straight'. However, he is easily lured back and teams up with a new muse, Jeanne (Cecile De France), who displays a similar adroitness for crime. Jacques is now a celebrity, admired by the press, but demonised by the authorities.

The film's director claimed that only Cassel could have embodied this role. It is indeed the sheer magnetism of Cassel's portrayal that compels you to watch the second instalment.

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