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I Hired a Contract Killer ()


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After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to murder him at some unspecified time in the future.... See more »

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Henri Boulanger
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Margaret
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The Killer
T.R. Bowen ...
Department Head (as Trevor Bowen)
Imogen Claire ...
Secretary (as Immogen Clare, Imogen Clare)
Angela Walsh ...
Landlady
Cyril Epstein ...
Cab Driver
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Pete
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Al
Michael O'Hagan ...
Killer's Boss
Tex Axile ...
Bartender
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Receptionist
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Frank
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Guitarist
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Jeweller
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Vic
Ette Elliot ...
Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberto Pla ...
Bongo Man
Woolf Byrne ...
Rope Salesman (uncredited)
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Man Selling Dark Glasses (uncredited)
Erkki Lahti ...
man at the Hotel Albania's window (uncredited)
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Man in Pub (uncredited)
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Flower seller (uncredited)

Directed by

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Aki Kaurismäki

Written by

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Aki Kaurismäki ... (story)
 
Aki Kaurismäki ... (screenplay)
 
Peter von Bagh ... (story idea)

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Martin Bruce-Clayton ... line producer
Aki Kaurismäki ... producer
David P. Kelly ... line producer (as David Kelly)

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Timo Salminen ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Aki Kaurismäki

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Danny Coulson ... negative cutter
Stan Lane ... assistant negative cutter

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John Ebden

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Mark Lavis

Costume Design by

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Simon Murray

Makeup Department

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Simon Murray ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Klaus Heydemann ... production manager
Jaakko Talaskivi ... assistant production manager

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Kari Laine ... second assistant director
Pauli Pentti ... first assistant director
Robert Fabbri ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Nigel Ashby ... carpenter
Sarah Horton ... property buyer
Philip Hunt ... props
Heikki Ukkonen ... property master
Richard F. Ward III ... carpenter (as Richard Ward)
Matthew Parsons ... scenic painter (uncredited)

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Ronald Bailey ... boom operator
Tom Forsström ... sound mixer
Timo Linnasalo ... sound
Danny Malone ... sound assistant
Beryl Mortimer ... sound effects editor
Jouko Lumme ... sound editor (uncredited)

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James Aspinall ... additional assistant camera
Peter Bass ... additional electrician
Jacques Cheuiche ... first assistant camera
George Cowen ... generator operator
Isabella Fernandes ... second assistant camera
Peter A. Hoffman ... electrician (as Peter Hoffman)
Malla Hukkanen ... still photographer (as Marja-Leena Helin)
Wolfgang Kluge ... grip
Timo Salminen ... camera operator
Olli Varja ... electrician

Location Management

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Andy Eliot ... assistant location manager
Andy Pavord ... location manager
Charlie Woodhouse ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Roberto Pla ... musician: bongo

Script and Continuity Department

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Malla Hukkanen ... script supervisor (as Marja-Leena Helin)

Transportation Department

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Mr. Boysie ... truck driver
Jamie Forder ... driver

Additional Crew

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Haije Alanoja ... production secretary
Erkki Astala ... production coordinator
Irmeli Debarle ... dialog coach: Mr. Léaud
Jon Finn ... production assistant (as Jonathan Finn)
Tomy Houghton ... production assistant
Peter La Terriere ... production assistant
Erkki Lahti ... caterer
Stephen Long ... production auditor (as Steve Long)
Mikko Lyytikainen ... scenario translator
Giulia Maura ... production assistant
Pauli Pentti ... production controller
Robin Thistlewaite ... popular television
Sinikka Usvamaa ... production auditor (as Sinikka Telaranta)
Minna Virtanen ... assistant caterer
Jan-Eric Nyström ... title designer (uncredited)
Jaakko Talaskivi ... assistant to unit manager (uncredited)

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Michael Powell ... dedicated to the memory of
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Plot Summary

After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide, but can't go through with it, so he hires a contract killer in a seedy bar to murder him at some unspecified time in the future. But almost immediately he meets and falls in love with Margaret, a flower-seller, which makes Henri realise that his life has some meaning after all. But when he goes back to the bar to cancel the contract, he finds it has been demolished - and there's no way he can get in touch with the killer... Written by Michael Brooke

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Taglines Lej aldrig yrkesmördare i rivningskåkar! [Never hire a professional killer in a condemned building!] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Vertrag mit meinem Killer (Germany)
  • Ich engagierte einen Berufskiller (Germany)
  • Vertrag mit meinem Mörder (Germany)
  • J'ai engagé un tueur (France)
  • Contraté un asesino a sueldo (Spain)
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  • 79 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia (Director Cameo) Aki Kaurismäki: the man who sells the sunglasses to Henri. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Uuden aallon jäljillä (2009). See more »
Soundtracks Time On My Hands See more »
Quotes Henri Boulanger: Do you want to leave your home?
Margaret: The working class has no fatherland.
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