The story of the notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine, with the focus on his life and death as France's Public Enemy No. 1 in the 1970s.

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Abdel Raouf Dafri (scenario), Abdel Raouf Dafri (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... Jacques Mesrine
Ludivine Sagnier ... Sylvia Jeanjacquot
Mathieu Amalric ... François Besse
Samuel Le Bihan ... Michel Ardouin
Gérard Lanvin ... Charlie Bauer
Olivier Gourmet ... Le commissaire Broussard
Georges Wilson ... Henri Lelièvre
Michel Duchaussoy ... Le père de Jacques Mesrine
Anne Consigny ... L'avocate de Jacques Mesrine
Laure Marsac ... La journaliste de l'interview
Alain Fromager Alain Fromager ... Jacques Dallier - un journaliste de Minute
Alain Doutey ... Le président du tribunal de Compiègne
Arsène Mosca Arsène Mosca ... Jojo - un policier
Christophe Vandevelde Christophe Vandevelde ... L'inspecteur Gégé
Luc Thuillier Luc Thuillier ... Le commissaire de l'OCRB / Lucien Aimé-Blanc
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The story of Jacques Mesrine, France's public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s. After nearly two decades of legendary criminal feats - from multiple bank robberies and to prison breaks. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for bloody brutal violence, a scene of sexuality, nudity and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Filmed back-to-back with Mesrine: Killer Instinct (2008), which stands as the first half of the two-part story. See more »

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When Mesrine drinks champagne with the commissaire Broussard, he holds the glass in his right hand when filmed from the front, and his left hand when filmed from the back. See more »

Quotes

La journaliste interview: [Begins interview] Why are you doing this?
Jacques Mesrine: [long pause] Because I don't like laws.
Jacques Mesrine: I don't like the laws and I don't want to be a slave of the alarm clock my whole life.
Jacques Mesrine: I don't want to spend my entire life dreaming. I don't want to always think how I have to work half a year just so I could buy some thing.
La journaliste interview: What do you expect from your life? Recognition? Money?
Jacques Mesrine: [chuckles] What a question! Money, money, money... all of you just keep talking about it, always the same. But I'm completely different.
Jacques Mesrine: What ...
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Connections

Referenced in Code Blue (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Attention Mesdames et Messieurs
Music by Michel Fugain
Lyrics by Pierre Delanoë
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Masterpiece Part 2
24 November 2008 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Last Month, I commented Mesrine Part One: "L'Instinct de Mort".

Now, there is Part Two.

This movie is as terrific and exciting as the previous one. The characterization as fascinating and poignant too. Cassel gives here his best performance ever. Whatever he will do in the future, he will never do better. He has reached here the top of his career.

I'll just describe one sequence. Somewhere the equivalent of the one I gave you for the previous chapter. Remember, when Cassel and Depardieu took a woman protector - an Arab - for a "ride" in their car.

Here, in this movie, Cassel and his anarchist, revolutionary and extreme left winged friend Lanvin - Charlie Bauer - take a journalist for a ride in their car, too. An extreme right winged one. A fascist. So, when the journalist in question tells the two men that the Algerians deserved to be killed in Paris, in 1961, and thrown in the Seine by Papon's policemen, don't miss Lanvin's eyes in the rear mirror. Don't miss his face. Especially when you already know that Lanvin -Bauer - fought for free Algeria, and that he hates fascists to the death.

At this moment, you understand that this journalist - who also told in his papers that Mesrine was a traitor for his friends and a coward too - was going to live some "difficult" moments...

So delicious to witness in the audience, I mean.

And about the very ending, the last shot of this film, I promise that every one in the theatre stays still some minutes afterwards. Stroke by lightning. Even if every one is prepared for it.


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Country:

France | Canada

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French | English

Release Date:

19 November 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR21,166,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,449, 5 September 2010

Gross USA:

$275,387

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$321,353
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2.35 : 1
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