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Les spécialistes (1985)

During a routine transfer of prisoners from one jail to another, an accused cop killer, Paul Brandon, is temporarily chained to a con with only a year left to serve, Stéphane Carella. Paul ... See full summary »

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Patrice Leconte
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Giraudeau ... Paul Brandon
Gérard Lanvin ... Stéphane Carella
Christiane Jean Christiane Jean ... Laura
Maurice Barrier ... Kovacs
Daniel Jégou Daniel Jégou ... Casino director
Bertie Cortez Bertie Cortez ... Mazetti
Christian Bianchi Christian Bianchi
Jean-Luc Debrie Jean-Luc Debrie
William Doherty William Doherty
Bernard Hervé Bernard Hervé
Salvatore Ingoglia Salvatore Ingoglia
Philippe Lehembre
Patrick Massieu Patrick Massieu
Jacques Nolot ... Le gendarme chez Laura
Gerard Parachou Gerard Parachou
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During a routine transfer of prisoners from one jail to another, an accused cop killer, Paul Brandon, is temporarily chained to a con with only a year left to serve, Stéphane Carella. Paul bolts pulling the reluctant Stéphane with him. They escape to a farmhouse whose lovely owner Laura lost her husband to a cop's bullet; so she agrees to assist them. Once out of their chains, Paul proposes the burglary of a casino owned by the Mafia. Stéphane and Laura agree, but Stéphane soon learns that Paul is an undercover cop whose burglary plot is a ruse to start a war between rival gangs. Can they avoid detection? And what about the heist? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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C'était impossible, ils l'ont fait !

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Adventure | Crime

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A betörés nagymestere See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in L'aventure des spécialistes (2002) See more »

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Générique Fin (Ça Ne Te Rappelle Rien?)
Written and Performed by Éric Demarsan
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Popular subversion of a macho genre.
6 June 2000 | by alice liddellSee all my reviews

This is a very subversive buddy-buddy movie which foregrounds the homoeroticism latent in its structural model, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. As much a French Western (thematically and visually) as a gangster movie, it uses predictable absolutes - wide open spaces/cramped interiors; law/criminal; legally 'straight'/sexually 'straight' etc. - to make them (and the genre that feeds on them) ambiguous and critical. Melville is invoked too - in the focus on elaborate heist - and subverted: life, not death, is celebrated. Sadly, if I may say so under IMDb guidelines, the dialogue (in translation anyway) is uninspired, the plot underdeveloped and the action mechanics barely routine.


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