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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.

Director:

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 ... 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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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.

Genres:

Drama | Crime

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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 »

Connections

Features Un Chien Andalou (1929) See more »

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Better than many think
23 January 1999 | by D ThroatSee all my reviews

This movie was booed in Cannes. Why? Audiences were probably expecting a second La Haine. But thank god Kassovitz did not do a repeat performance. This movie is not so much social commentary as some have approached it, but more a character study of sorts. The three protagonists interaction is quite gripping, the sitcom on TV is the best ever, and the twist in the middle(!) is filmmaking at its finest. Drawbacks aplenty, the ending is obvious, for example, and a bit of cheap shot, but overall this movie is definitely not as bad as many critics thought.


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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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