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The Professional (1981)

Le professionnel (original title)
Victim of a plot which has resulted in his imprisonment in a Central African jail for two years, a French secret agent arrives in Paris to settle accounts.

Director:

Georges Lautner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Josselin Beaumont dit 'Joss'
Jean Desailly ... Le ministre
Cyrielle Clair ... Alice Ancelin (as Cyrielle Claire)
Marie-Christine Descouard Marie-Christine Descouard ... Doris Frederiksen
Elisabeth Margoni ... Jeanne Baumont
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Le colonel Martin
Michel Beaune ... Le capitaine Valeras
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... L'inspecteur Farges (as Bernard Donnadieu)
Pierre Saintons Pierre Saintons ... Le président N'Jala
Gérard Darrieu Gérard Darrieu ... L'instructeur Picard
Sidiki Bakaba Sidiki Bakaba ... Le prisonnier évadé
Baaron Baaron
Robert Hossein ... Le commissaire Rosen
Dany Kogan Dany Kogan ... Sergent Gruber
Marc Lamole Marc Lamole ... Le serveur d'hôtel
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Storyline

French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit. Written by Yuri German <blsidt1@imf.org>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 October 1981 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Professional See more »

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Budget:

FRF 20,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

As usual at the time, Jean-Paul Belmondo is performing his own stunts including those of the car chase on The Trocadero Plaza. See more »

Goofs

When the clochards reach the car with the policemen inside, one of the chlochards destroys a bottle on the roof of the car, so the roof gets wet and there are lots of glass splinters on it. In various shots after, the roof is completely clean again. See more »

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Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Vent, Le Cri
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Directed by Ennio Morricone
Published by Général Music France
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Nothing short of a masterpiece!
22 July 1999 | by AngeneerSee all my reviews

This is a movie I can't help seeing again and again. The classic scenes are so many I don't have enough space to write them. Best of all, the very last scene (Joss exiting the castle). The movie is brilliantly complimented by Ennio Morricone's Chi Mai, a song you must have in your CD drawer. Don't you miss it!


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