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Wild Target (1993)

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Into the solitary life of middle-aged hitman, Victor Meynard, come two people: Antoine, a youth who becomes Victor's apprentice, and Renée, a bold thief Victor's been hired to kill because ... See full summary »

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Pierre Salvadori
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Rochefort ... Victor Meynard
Marie Trintignant ... Renée Dandrieux
Guillaume Depardieu ... Antoine
Patachou Patachou ... Mme. Meynard
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Casa Bianca
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Manu
Charlie Nelson Charlie Nelson ... Dremyan
Philippe Girard Philippe Girard ... Tony
Christophe Odent ... Girard
Daniel Laloux Daniel Laloux ... Expert
Philippe Harel Philippe Harel ... Barnabe
Pascal Pistacio Pascal Pistacio ... Roland Balto
François Toumarkine François Toumarkine ... Butcher
Patrick Zard Patrick Zard ... Le réceptionniste
Thierry Balcon Thierry Balcon ... Gardien de nuit
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Into the solitary life of middle-aged hitman, Victor Meynard, come two people: Antoine, a youth who becomes Victor's apprentice, and Renée, a bold thief Victor's been hired to kill because she cheated a mobster. When circumstances prevent Victor from killing her, the gangster sends two more teams to do it (and to dispatch Victor and Antoine). Victor decides to help Renée, and the unlikely trio ends up at his house with his temperamental mother; there, as they hide out, Victor's attraction to Renée grows, she discovers his vocation and fears he's going to kill her, and an ultimate showdown with their hunters is inevitable. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Language:

French

Release Date:

18 August 1993 (France) See more »

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Trivia

The two hit-men employ identical methods and are presented as very similar characters, which is why their names are anagrams of each other (Meynard and Dremyan)! See more »

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When Antoine is in the bathtub, there are a lot of bubbles in it. However, when Manu pushes his head down, there are almost no bubbles in the tub. See more »

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Remade as Wild Target (2010) See more »

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Black comedy with French style
24 October 1999 | by ieaunSee all my reviews

Victor Meynard (Jean Rochefort) is a professional assassin. Leaving the scene of his latest hit he bumps into delivery boy Antoine (Guillaume Depardieu) and decides to take him on as his apprentice. Meanwhile art thief Renee (Marie Trintignant) has sold a fake to a Corsican gangster for 900,000 francs. Maynard is employed to kill her, but he falls in love with her and ends up protecting her from the Corsican's henchmen. They hide out at Meynard's home, where Antoine and Renee disrupt the older man's eccentrically well-ordered life.

Despite the predictability of the storyline, this fast-moving black comedy keeps the viewer entertained throughout. Jean Rochefort (seen previously in "The Hairdresser's Husband") is hilarious as the anally-retentive assassin whose world is turned upside down, and is ably supported by the kleptomaniac Trintignant and the incompetent apprentice Depardieu. Also, at 88 minutes the film doesn't outstay its welcome.


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