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Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)

L'ennemi public n°1 (original title)
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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.

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Abdel Raouf Dafri (scenario), Abdel Raouf Dafri (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 interview
Alain Fromager Alain Fromager ... Jacques Dallier - journaliste pour Minute
Alain Doutey ... Le président du tribunal à Compiègne
Arsène Mosca Arsène Mosca ... Jojo - un policier
Christophe Vandevelde Christophe Vandevelde ... Inspecteur Gégé
Luc Thuillier Luc Thuillier ... Le commissaire 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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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

19 November 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Algeria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€21,166,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$100,242, 5 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,125, 13 February 2011
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Thomas Langmann first contacted Vincent Cassel about the Mesrine project in 2001, after the release of Jacques Audiard's Read My Lips (2001). Cassel initially accepted, but then bowed out as he found the script too "black and white". Benoît Magimel and Vincent Elbaz convinced by new helmer Jean-François Richet were then successively attached before Cassel returned, and especially Abdel Raouf Dafri's two-part script, claiming the screenwriter had succeeded in bringing the right tone to the picture and the character, bringing out all his darkness and paradoxes. See more »

Goofs

When policemen are looking for Mesrine and Besse, one may see from the air their buses stopped beside a freshly mowed wheat field. Straw is packed in round and wrapped in black plastic (French name for this is "embubanage"). This technique was not invented in the 1970s and straw was squared packed. 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: ...
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Follows Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008) See more »

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Killer Instinct is the better of the 2
11 October 2010 | by macktan894See all my reviews

I loved Killer Instinct, the best film I've seen in 2010, perhaps in the last few years. Vincent Cassel is stupendous at Jacques Mesrine, a brutal and bold bank robber with an ego that would intimidate Sigmund Freud. In Public Enemy, Mesrine's ego continues its meteoric growth, but his character development stagnates. And that's what makes Part 2 not as good as Part 1.

Part 2 is simply entertainment for those who enjoyed Mesrine's bravado in Killer Instinct. Bold escapes and robberies, shoot em ups, etc. But without any character growth--and a pseudo- revolutionary mindset does not ring authentic--you come away thinking that you've seen this before and done better in Part 1. In fact, with a little thought, parts 1 & 2 could have been merged to make one heckuva movie at a longer than average length.

But it's still worth watching and, in fact, worth purchasing. Go Vincent Cassel.


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