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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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... Mr. Wagner
... Max
Mehdi Benoufa ... Mehdi
Robert Gendreu ... Mr. Vidal
Danièle Lebrun ... Max's Mother
François Levantal ... Inspector
Karim Belkhadra ... Watchman
Roland Marchisio ... Wood (victim)
Félicité Wouassi ... Nurse
Nicolas Boukhrief ... Frère de Mehdi
Donat Vidal-Revel ... Journalist
Philippe Neunreuther ... Luxury car (victim)
Christophe Rossignon ... Chauffeur de voiture accident
Pascal Ondicolberry ... Supermarket (man)
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.

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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 »

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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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Morally repugnant, cinematically exciting.
19 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Michell Seraut is an aging assassin who trains the young, disoriented Mathieu Kassovitz (who also directed) to be his successor. And this is yet another movie that blames TV and video games for the violence in our society, and repeats the idea of killers with moral codes, who are not really butchers and...well, it's a rotten world anyway, the politicians are on the take, you know. I found it morally repugnant. But because Kassovitz is a talented director, it's often cinematically exciting. There's a startling plot development midway through, although the story generally shows little concern for logic. However, the film has to get extra points for its grim ending, which, considering more recent tragic events, proved to be almost prophetic. (**)


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