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Assassin(s) (1997)

Old professional killer Wagner seeks someone to teach what he knows as long as he is already dying, and he chooses Max, young and passionless thief to be his successor.

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Mathieu Kassovitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Mr. Wagner
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Max
Mehdi Benoufa Mehdi Benoufa ... Mehdi
Robert Gendreu Robert Gendreu ... Mr. Vidal
Danièle Lebrun Danièle Lebrun ... Max's Mother
François Levantal François Levantal ... Inspector
Karim Belkhadra ... Watchman
Roland Marchisio Roland Marchisio ... Wood (victim)
Félicité Wouassi Félicité Wouassi ... Nurse
Nicolas Boukhrief Nicolas Boukhrief ... Frère de Mehdi
Donat Vidal-Revel Donat Vidal-Revel ... Journalist
Philippe Neunreuther Philippe Neunreuther ... Luxury car (victim)
Christophe Rossignon Christophe Rossignon ... Chauffeur de voiture accident
Pascal Ondicolberry Pascal Ondicolberry ... Supermarket (man)
Agnès Akopian Agnès Akopian ... Cashier 1
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Storyline

Old professional killer Wagner seeks someone to teach what he knows as long as he is already dying, and he chooses Max, young and passionless thief to be his successor. Written by Anonymous

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Toute societe a les crimes qu'elle merite.

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Drama | Crime

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Official Sites:

Lazennec

Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 May 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Assassino(s) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mathieu Kassovitz developed this movie from his third short film, Assassins... (1992), which also told the story of a youth who gets a lesson in murder by a professional assassin. However, the title of the two-hour version was changed to "Assassin(s)" because of the Richard Donner film Assassins (1995) that came out between the two. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the end credits there's a brief coda showing Mr. Wagner and Mehdi arguing while sitting on a park bench. See more »

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Technique/deepness: excellent; Marketing: poor
4 August 2001 | by vostfSee all my reviews

Kassovitz is not the first director that made the mistake to let a message overflow his picture. In Assassin(s) he does it thoroughly and quite conscientiously. At least no one can question the artistical outcome. The point of view is accurate, everything is well-thought: the story-line very well paced and packed with dark suspense.

That is the main point. The movie is by far too gloomy. Cinema cannot be an Art for the Art's sake, it definitely has to do with entertainment. People go to the movies hoping to get out relieved from such concerns as screen violence & social issues. These people are not only fat-brained teens starving for action blockbusters, it would be wrong to think entertainment is for low-educated masses. People want laughs (mostly), thrills (escape from the dull), scares (not too scary though)... but they do not want a distressing movie.

Hence Assassin(s) does not cater for a large audience. I found it great despite its darkness because I am sensitive to its top class directorial and writing skills. Yet the poor marketing skills make it a somewhat suicidal experience for a young director and fortunately Kassovitz has been granted the expensive privilege of learning directly from his mistakes. Just hoping Les Rivières Pourpres brought him back his self-confidence to avoid out-of-the-box happy endings in the future.


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