Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2008)

R   |    |  Action, Biography, Crime

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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.




  • Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2008)
  • Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2008)
  • Vincent Cassel and Mathieu Amalric in Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2008)
  • Vincent Cassel and Ludivine Sagnier in Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2008)
  • Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2008)
  • Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2008)

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Jean-François Richet


Abdel Raouf Dafri (scenario), Abdel Raouf Dafri (adaptation), Jean-François Richet (adaptation)

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24 November 2008 | searchanddestroy-1
Masterpiece Part 2
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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Release Date:

19 November 2008


French, English

Country of Origin

France, Canada

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Box Office


EUR21,166,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,449 5 September 2010

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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