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The Professional (1981) Poster

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Ennio Morricone's musical theme "Chi Mai" was composed for Maddalena (1971). The song was completely re-recorded in 1978 for the single "Disco '78" with heavier drums and in a different key. After hearing this version on the radio, Jean-Paul Belmondo was so impressed that he suggested it should be put into the soundtrack of his film. Ultimately, the record of this musical score was not only more successful than its initial release but came to be one of Morricone's bestselling work.
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As usual at the time, Jean-Paul Belmondo is performing his own stunts including those of the car chase on The Trocadero Plaza.
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While experiencing shooting delays, Belmondo asked his father Paul Belmondo to help with the authorizations needed to perform the famous car chase scene on the Trocadero Plaza.
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Like many other Belmondo vehicles, this movie was purchased by the Soviet movie ministry in 1982. However, it was not released until 1990.
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4th highest grossing movie of its year in France. Broke the 300,000 admissions mark in Paris; a record at the time.
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Another agent with the initials JB: Joss Beaumont, James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer...
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At the end, Beaumont is killed just before getting in the helicopter. Georges Lautner shot another version where Beaumont escapes in the helicopter, but chose with Jean-Paul Belmondo (against the wish of the producers) to take the other one.
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