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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)
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
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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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 »
Errors in geography: At the roadblock in Monument Valley, the film stated it was in Arizona, but the scene was filmed just south of "Forest Gump Hill", in Utah.See more »
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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The first part of a two part true story French gangster flick about a gangster I had never heard of., 22 September 2009
Author: David Phillips from United Kingdom

What is it with gangsters? I like watching gangster films and I don't care what sort of gangsters they are. Something about the bravado and living the high life seems to appeal and there is always an element of charisma about them. That's not to say I wish to be a gangster or to break the law, but the self confidence and the refusal to take sh** from anyone attitude is attractive. But, were I to be placed in a room with a genuine gangster, I'm certain I would be terrified and would want to get out of there ASAP.

The film opens with Mesrine making a decision whilst in the French army and in Algiers whether to follow his superior's orders to shoot the wife of a terrorist suspect or to shoot the suspect. This moment, as well as establishing that Mesrine has the killer instinct of the title, shows us that he is not one for conforming to authority, as he ignores his superior and takes the shot.

From that point, the film is episodic as it follows Mesrine from petty crime to audacious criminal exploits. Each episode showcases another aspect to Mesrine's multi-layered character. Yet, because they are episodic, some of Mesrine's character fails to carry over from one to the next. This presents a fairly schizophrenic view of him which could well be in keeping with his real-life persona.

However, many of the episodes do provide insights into why this particular person's journey took this particular route. Having left the army, Mesrine turns to petty crime with his friend. This leads him to more serious crime, working for a Parisian crime lord, brilliantly underplayed by Gerard Depardieu. His personal life also keeps pace with his professional ascension. He has an ill-fated romance with a prostitute and a holiday romance that becomes a marriage following a sojourn to Spain. The film also takes the time to illustrate the strained relationship Mesrine had with his parents, in particular his father. Far from coming from a broken home, Mesrine is clearly from a loving, if conservative, family. Only Mesrine's own inner rage, reminiscent of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, at his father's seeming lack of courage rocks that world.

It is easy to see how Mesrine captured the imaginations of so many. His charisma, very ably aided by Vincent Cassel's own screen presence, shines from the screen whether talking his way out of house or defiantly standing up to his brutal treatment when he is finally caught and incarcerated.

He was imprisoned and brutally treated, following a one man / one woman crime wave across the world and, as part of his escape plan he assured those helping him that he would return to break them out. It is testament to his stature that they believed him and it is testament to his word that that is exactly what he attempted. Throughout his return to facilitate the breakout, the film enters the realms of an action movie.

The exploits of Mesrine left me wondering just how much the makers had embellished, or Mesrine has embellished for that matter – the film is based on his memoir, or did this guy really do these things?

There is one thing that I do know about Mesrine: I can't wait to see part two!

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