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Bastille Day (2016)

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A young pickpocket and an unruly CIA agent team up on an anti-terrorist mission in France.


James Watkins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Idris Elba ... Sean Briar
Richard Madden ... Michael Mason
Charlotte Le Bon ... Zoe
Kelly Reilly ... Karen Dacre
José Garcia ... Victor Gamieux
Thierry Godard ... Rafi Bertrand
Vincent Londez Vincent Londez ... Yannick Bertrand
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Jean
Mohamed Makhtoumi Mohamed Makhtoumi ... Christophe
Théo Costa-Marini Théo Costa-Marini ... Xavier (as Théo Costa Marini)
Jérôme Gaspard ... Yves
Ismaël Sy Savané Ismaël Sy Savané ... Serge (as Ismael Sy Savane)
James Stewart ... Henri
James Cox ... Pierre
James Harris ... Marcel


Michael Mason, a pickpocket living in Paris, steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Mason's face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank (closed on French National Day) -- hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar discovers the real story behind Mason's "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Plot Keywords:

pickpocket | cia | bomb | swat team | riot | See All (272) »


Outside the law, there are no limits. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | France | USA | Luxembourg


English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Take See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, Île-de-France, France See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,397,593, 20 November 2016
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director James Watkins told lead actor Idris Elba to study great film anti-heroes like Dirty Harry (1971) and Popeye Doyle from The French Connection (1971) films before filming began. See more »


MId-way through the film, one of the 'newscasters' refers to the 'Bastille day procession' - it's not a procession, it's a military parade. See more »


Michael Mason: I can't believe that cop fucking shot at me!
Sean Briar: You're a terrorist suspect who killed four people. What did you expect?
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Fade Out Lines
Written by Phoebe Killdeer and Craig Walker
Arranged by Phoebe Killdeer and Cédric Leroux, and produced by Tristan Casara
Performed by The Avener (Tristan Casara) & Phoebe Killdeer
© Universal Publishing
(p) 2013 96 Musique / Kwaidan Records
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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Just action/adventure
1 July 2017 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

There isn't much of anything to this movie, other than a lot of fast action, with the usual "collateral damage." Idris Elba is an actual actor, but he has no material to act with here. So, for that matter, is Thierry Godard, one of the leads in the French TV series Un Village français, but here he gets nothing at all.

Every now and then there are allusions to current politics in French - the National Front, etc. - but they don't go anywhere, and are not explained.

Not much is done with the Paris setting. No pleasant scenes in the Eiffel Tower restaurants, or along the banks of the Seine, etc.

There is no point in summarizing the plot, such as it is, because it's not very interesting. Suffice it to say that, when all is said and done, this is actually about an impossible bank holdup.

If you decide to watch this movie - and I can't imagine why you would - watch it late at night when your mind has shut down and doesn't catch all the holes in the plot.

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