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The Ax ()

Le couperet (original title)
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A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.

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Bruno Davert
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Marlène Davert
Geordy Monfils ...
Maxime Davert
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Betty Davert
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Gérard Hutchinson
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Raymond Machefer
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Etienne Barnet
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Inspecteur Kesler
Olga Grumberg ...
Iris Thompson
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Préposée poste
Dieudonné Kabongo ...
Quinlan Longus (as Dieudonné Kabongo Bashila)
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Garagiste
Vanessa Larré ...
Prédatrice
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Inspecteur Police
Jeanne Savary ...
La présentatrice TV
Luce Mouchel ...
Mme Rick
Philippe Bardy ...
Edouard Rick
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Judy Rick
Raphaël D'Olce ...
Gradé Gendarmerie
Renaud Rutten ...
Motard Gendarmerie
Jean-Michel Balthazar ...
Barman Arcadia
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PDG (as Luc Brumagne)
Michel Carcan ...
Rolf Kranz
Robert Borremans ...
Inspecteur Otto Zirner
Alain Guillo ...
Jack
Jean-Maurice Knockaert ...
Chef de rayon
Marc Legein ...
M. Birch
Marie-Hélène Baleau ...
Madame Birch
Corentin Lobet ...
Jeune chauffeur
Hervé Pauchon ...
Dentiste
Abdelmalek Kadi ...
Pompiste
Gérard Kuhnl ...
Léon Ringer
Marie-Pierre Chaix ...
Madame Ringer
Christophe Brault ...
Journaliste TV
Olivier Ravanello ...
Journaliste TV
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Premier témoin
Émilie Raffoul ...
Deuxième témoin
Alice Kakou ...
Troisième témoin
Michèle Berrebi ...
Procureur
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Père copain Maxime
Emmanuel Hamon ...
Jeune commissaire
Marie-Rose Roland ...
Femme de chambre
Robert Guilmard ...
Automobiliste
Laurence Bremont ...
Femme automobiliste
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Jeune femme cabine
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Lydia
Nabil Ben Yadir ...
Eboueur
Pierre Choul ...
Danseur de claquettes
Stéphane Csala ...
Directeur du cinéma
Romain Gavras ...
Inspecteur civil
Éric Bronchart ...
Inspecteur civil
Serge Devos ...
Inspecteur civil
Dominique Reding ...
Inspecteur civil
Alain Beaufort ...
Assistant Kessler
Airy Routier ...
Jeune homme entretien
Laurence Lafiteau ...
Jeune femme entretien
Francine Martel ...
Concierge Blacher
Denis Taurel ...
Client Café l'Étape
Hugues Faget ...
Client Café l'Étape
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Mme Kranz (uncredited)
Joseph Rapp ...
A man in the restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Costa-Gavras

Written by

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Donald E. Westlake ... (novel "The Ax")
 
Costa-Gavras ... (screenplay) and
Jean-Claude Grumberg ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Olivier Bronckart ... line producer: Belgium
Jean-Pierre Dardenne ... co-producer
Luc Dardenne ... co-producer
Genevieve Lemal ... associate producer: Scope Invest
Alexandre Lippens ... associate producer: Scope Invest
José María Morales ... co-producer
Michèle Ray-Gavras ... producer (as Michèle Ray)
Arlette Zylberberg ... associate producer: R.T.B.F.

Music by

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Armand Amar

Cinematography by

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Patrick Blossier

Film Editing by

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Yannick Kergoat

Editorial Department

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Nicolas Criqui ... digital conformation
Mickael Dumontier ... digital conformation
Frederic Jupin ... digital conformation
Yorgos Lamprinos ... assistant editor
Philippe Reinaudo ... digital intermediate technical director

Casting By

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Gerda Diddens
Kris Portier de Bellair

Production Design by

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Laurent Deroo

Costume Design by

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Laurence Maréchal

Makeup Department

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Thi-Loan Nguyen ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Aurore Benoit ... assistant unit manager (as Aurore Benoît)
Paul Bogaty ... assistant unit manager
David Crenn ... assistant unit manager
Yvon Crenn ... production manager
Dimitri Linder ... unit production manager
Florence Masset ... production supervisor
Françoise Vercheval ... production manager: Belgium

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gabrielle Hanne ... trainee assistant director
Joseph Rapp ... first assistant director
Charles Senard ... second assistant director
Caroline Tambour ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Laurie Colson ... set dresser
Virginie Defauwes ... assistant art director
Igor Gabriel ... set decorator: Belgium
François Lefebvre ... props
Bart van Lint ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Benoit De Clerck ... additional sound
Jonathan Gargui Dit Marco ... assistant sound
Thomas Gauder ... sound mixer
Carole Lourtil ... adr supervisor
Nicolas Moreau ... sound editor
Nicolas Naegelen ... sound
Olivier Thys ... assistant foley artist
Philippe van Leer ... foley artist

Special Effects by

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Jean-Christophe Bourgeois ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Fabrice Blin ... digital color grader
Alexandre Bon ... visual effects supervisor
Berengere Dominguez ... visual effects coordinator
Christian Guillon ... visual effects producer
Audrey Kleinclaus ... visual effects coordinator: L'EST
Jerome Fournier Lanzoni ... senior matte painter (as Jerome Fournier)
Benjamin Massoubre ... 2k operator
David Montoya ... scan and shoot
Jean-Francois Theault ... digital compositor
Olivier Veau ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Alain Villain ... stunt driver
Henry Villain ... stunt driver (as Henri Villain)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Blanckaert ... second assistant camera
Thomas Brémond ... still photographer
Teresa Punzi ... assistant camera
Jan Rubens ... steadicam operator
Didier Versolatto ... gaffer

Casting Department

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Marie-France Michel ... extras casting

Location Management

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David Durca ... location scout
Matthieu Maunier-Rossi ... location manager
Charles Senard ... location scout

Music Department

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Mathieu Coupat ... orchestrator / piano
Francois Didier ... musician: Nyckelharpa / musician: nyckelharpa
Thomas Jamois ... soundtrack producer
Vincent Joinville ... music editor / music mixer / music recordist

Transportation Department

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Philippe Bonsang ... picture car coordinator

Other crew

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Jean-Christophe Bourgeois ... Armorer
Dimitri Linden ... unit manager: Belgium
Marika Piedboeuf ... script supervisor
Dominique Segall ... press attache
Patricia Sterlin ... acting coach
Oliviero Toscani ... on-screen bills

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Bruno Davert, a chemist working for a paper company, is fired. After three years he's still unemployed, too much competition for the few job position he could fit in his sector. He sent tons of resumes, he attended many qualifying courses, he tried everything but there is nothing to do: no job for him in the industry. The only healthy company in the sector is "Arcadia", but joining it is just an impossible dream. At this point Bruno is desperate. What he could do: to kill all the competitors? Could he? Written by 1felco

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Taglines Some people would die to get (him) this job. [Scandinavian DVD.] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Arcadia (Spain)
  • Arcàdia (Spain, Catalan title)
  • The Ax (United States)
  • The Ax (World-wide, English title)
  • The Axe (United Kingdom)
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  • 117 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Ads on billboards in the background were created by famous Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani, a friend of the director. See more »
Goofs At the beginning, when Davert (Garcia) gets out of the shower and then immediately returns to the bathroom to vomit, you can see in the mirror that he is wearing an underwear. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010). See more »
Quotes Gérard Hutchinson: [When the interviewer abruptly ends the interview] I said to myself, lucky I didn't have the gun on me.
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