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Mesrine: 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: Public Enemy #1 -- The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.
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Mesrine: Killer Instinct -- The story of French gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.
Mesrine: 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.

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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

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)

Tanya Katchouni ... Belle Femme (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
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
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
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
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
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: Part 1 - Killer Instinct" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong brutal violence, some sexual content and language
Runtime:
113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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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Trivia:
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-Francois 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:
Factual errors: The Canadian prison tower guards are armed with Ruger Mini-14s, which weren't introduced until 1973, though the escape occurred in 1972.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Gangstars (2009) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
L'appareil a sousSee more »

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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A killer biopic, 17 January 2009
Author: Max_cinefilo89 from Italy

How do you recover from an American project that was received with mixed reactions to say the least (that would be the Assault on Precinct 13 remake)? Easy: go back to your home country (in this case France) and devote time to your real passion project, the one that can give you bona fide director credentials. That's exactly what Jean-François Richet did with Death Instinct, the remarkable first part in a two-movie story about famous French criminal Jacques Mesrine.

Like most other biopics, the film opens with the protagonist's death, and what a spectacular demise that is: gunned down by unidentified shooters in the middle of a crowded Parisian street. The story then flashes back to the early '60s, when Jacques (Vincent Cassel) returns home after a harrowing tour of duty in Algeria. Looking for work, he learns an old friend of his earns money on the side by carrying out certain "assignments" for a heavyweight (pun not intended) criminal known as Guido (Gérard Depardieu). At first, it's all fun and games, exotic holidays and beautiful women. Then, once Jacques gets married, his wife isn't quite happy with his lifestyle. The thing ends badly, and Mesrine continues his illegal career, toughening up after Guido is brutally murdered. Thus begins his successful series of bank robberies and scams that quickly lead him to becoming the most wanted man in France and prompt his brief stay in Canada. Even there, however, he just can's stay away from trouble.

Richet is certainly no Michael Mann (an obvious reference when it comes to the robbery scenes), but he tells the story with gusto and precision, staging the tale as if it were a traditional gangster movie: taste of power, discovery of the unpleasant consequences, fight until the end to reach the top. He deals with an impressive amount of material (and this is just Part One) and handles it so that even the merely explicative bits feel tense and exciting. From start to finish, Killer Instinct moves at a reasonably quick pace, asking the viewer for commitment and endurance, and deservedly so: it's one hell of a thrilling ride.

If one has to complain, it should be noted that the psychology of certain characters is a bit sketchy (Guido is really nothing more than the average gangster type), but that flaw is generally compensated by very solid acting. The most effective (and terrifying turn) is of course the one coming from Cassel, who was everyone's first and only choice for the leading role, according to cast and crew statements. Returning to the more troubled side that has been left pretty much unexplored since La Haine, he digs into Mesrine's dark psyche and re-emerges with a complex, chilling part that makes him deserving of the his widespread reputation as one of France's best young thespians.

As for the deliberately open ending, the final captions are clever but a bit smug: after revealing the fate of characters who won't return in the follow-up, the title card says "As for Jacques Mesrine... End of the first part". As if we didn't know that already.

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