Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 10,933 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Biography | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 19 November 2008 (Belgium)
  • Runtime: 133 min
  • Filming Location: Algeria
  • Director: Jean-François Richet
  • Stars: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier and Mathieu Amalric
  • Original Music By: Marco Beltrami  Marcus Trumpp   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Mesrine | Prison | France | Gangster | Bank Robbery

Writing Credits By:

  • Abdel Raouf Dafri (scenario)
  • Abdel Raouf Dafri (adaptation and dialogue) and
  • Jean-François Richet (adaptation and dialogue)

Known Trivia

  • Barbet Schroeder was originally hired to direct the two Mesrine movies. He went on to direct Inju: The Beast in the Shadow starring Benoît Magimel, who was at one point attached as the lead in this project.
  • Filmed back-to-back with Mesrine: Killer Instinct, which stands as the first half of the two-part story.
  • Eva Green and Marion Cotillard were originally set for the roles ultimately taken by Ludivine Sagnier and Cécile De France in this and in Mesrine: Killer Instinct. It is however unclear as to which actress would have played what role.
  • Producer Thomas Langmann first contacted Vincent Cassel about the Mesrine project in 2001, after the release of Jacques Audiard’s Read My Lips. 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-Francois 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.
  • Benoît Magimel, who was at one time set to star, stepped down from the Mesrine project without informing producer Thomas Langmann, choosing instead to issue a press release. As a result of this a fight erupted on November 25th 2004 at the Intertalent talent agency between Langmann and Magimel’s agent, François Samuelson, where Langmann headbutted Samuelson and broke his nose. Samuelson was on sick leave for nine days and pressed charges against Langmann.
  • Vincent Cassel gained 20 kgs (44 pounds) for the role during the four months leading up to the shoot.
  • The filming of this and Mesrine: Killer Instinct, which lasted nine straight months, was done in reverse chronological order so that Vincent Cassel could progressively lose the weight he gained in preparation of the role, as Cassel knew he couldn’t gain weight while filming.
  • Just like Vincent Cassel, Samuel Le Bihan gained 20 kgs (44 pounds) for his role as gangster Michel Ardouin.
  • Jean-Pierre Cassel was originally set for the role of Jacques Mesrine’s father (ultimately held by Michel Duchaussoy) in this and Mesrine: Killer Instinct.
  • Guillaume Canet was originally set for the role of François Besse, ultimately held by Mathieu Amalric.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When they are in London the apartment is almost certainly French. The style of white beveled tile is never used in British kitchens.

Plot: The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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 — Mesrine was gunned down by the French police in Paris.Written by Anonymous  

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Produced By:

  • Manon Baudoin known as assistant producer
  • Jean Cottin known as associate producer
  • Daniel Delume known as executive producer
  • Thomas Langmann known as producer
  • Emmanuel Montamat known as associate producer
  • André Rouleau known as producer
  • Maxime Rémillard known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Vincent Cassel known as Jacques Mesrine
  • Ludivine Sagnier known as Sylvia Jeanjacquot
  • Mathieu Amalric known as François Besse
  • Samuel Le Bihan known as Michel Ardouin
  • Gérard Lanvin known as Charlie Bauer
  • Olivier Gourmet known as Le commissaire Broussard
  • Georges Wilson known as Henri Lelièvre
  • Michel Duchaussoy known as Le père de Jacques Mesrine
  • Anne Consigny known as L'avocate de Jacques Mesrine
  • Laure Marsac known as La journaliste interview
  • Alain Fromager known as Jacques Dallier – journaliste pour Minute
  • Alain Doutey known as Le président du tribunal à Compiègne
  • Arsène Mosca known as Jojo – un policier
  • Christophe Vandevelde known as Inspecteur Gégé
  • Luc Thuillier known as Le commissaire OCRB / Lucien Aimé-Blanc
  • Serge Biavan known as L'inspecteur SRPJ
  • Pascal Elso known as Le commissaire SRPJ
  • Isabelle Vitari known as La caissière
  • Michaël Vander-Meiren known as Le gendarme à Compiègne #1
  • David Seigneur known as Le gendarme à Compiègne #2
  • Nicolas Abraham known as Grangier
  • Joseph Malerba known as Robert
  • Pascal Doucet-Bon known as Journaliste Compiègne
  • Emmanuel Vieilly known as L'inspecteur au cimetière
  • Myriam Boyer known as La mère de Jacques Mesrine
  • Pascal Liger known as Le boxeur
  • Gérard Jarrier known as Gardien de la paix
  • David Bursztein known as Le tireur d'élite gradé
  • Helena Soubeyrand known as La copine arrestation
  • Fabrice de la Villehervé known as Le gardien-chef
  • Jean-Luc Muscat known as Gardien prison de la Santé
  • Vincent Jouan known as Gardien prison de la Santé
  • Eric Boucher known as Gardien prison de la Santé
  • Bernard Rosselli known as Gardien prison de la Santé
  • Philippe Le Dem known as Gardien prison de la Santé
  • Erik Forcinal known as Le gardien avocat
  • Fanny Sidney known as Sabrina 16 ans
  • Alain Rimoux known as L'avocat général
  • Olivier Pajot known as Le président Assises Paris
  • Olivier Barthelemy known as Le codétenu évasion (as Olivier Barthélémy)
  • Rachel Suissa known as Princesse Annie
  • Clémence Thioly known as Princesse Christiane
  • Xavier Letourneur known as Le brigadier-chef Deauville (as Xavier Le Tourneur)
  • Yan Brian known as Directeur casino Deauville
  • Hervé Laudière known as Le fermier
  • Françoise Le Plénier known as La fermière
  • Antoine known as Le enfant
  • Floriane known as Le enfant
  • Jérôme Boyer known as Gendarme barrage police
  • Jean-Pierre Dantan known as Gendarme barrage police
  • Clément Sasseville known as Vendeur journaux Londres
  • Martial Courcier known as Complice enlèvement
  • Frédéric Constant known as Le fils du milliardaire
  • Nicolas Woirion known as Le policier BMW rançon
  • Bernard Constant known as Le vendeur BMW
  • Erica Rivolier known as La femme de Charlie
  • Benoît Marchand known as Inspecteur Farrugia
  • Albert Goldberg known as Chauffeur SAVIEM
  • Elena Anaya known as Sofia
  • Cécile De France known as Jeanne Schneider
  • Gérard Depardieu known as Guido
  • Roy Dupuis known as Jean-Paul Mercier
  • Caroline Mathieu known as Vendeuse de chaussures (uncredited)
  • Alexandre Picot known as Garde du corps (uncredited)
  • Olivier Schneider known as Inspecteur (uncredited)

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  • Catherine Duplan known as key hair stylist
  • Christophe Giraud known as makeup artist
  • Sandrine Gonzales known as makeup artist
  • Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen known as key makeup artist
  • Patricia Planche known as makeup artist additional
  • Alice Robert known as makeup artist
  • Jean-Christophe Roger known as additional makeup artist
  • Nathalie Trépanier known as makeup artist
  • Dana Vargas known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Marianne Arsa known as assistant art director
  • Christophe Ballu known as constructor
  • Lilith Bekmezian known as assistant art director
  • Dominique Brunel known as property master
  • Alexandre Chauvet known as art department accountant
  • Arnaud Chauvin known as props
  • Pascal Chevé known as plasterer
  • Philippe Cord'homme known as set dresser
  • Jean-René Coulon known as property master
  • Gerard Drolon known as first assistant art director (2007)
  • Pauline Faisant known as art department trainee
  • Joseph Gagné known as assistant art director
  • Tristan Girault known as property master
  • Sévérine Guilbaud known as assistant decorator
  • Steve Louis known as graphic designer: Canada
  • Olivier Meidinger known as assistant art director
  • Lionel Pouchard known as storyboard artist
  • Maurice Roy known as graphic artist
  • Patricia Ruelle known as assistant art director
  • Bernadette Saint Loubert known as set dresser
  • Asuka Sugiyama known as art department coordinator

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Production Companies:

  • La Petite Reine
  • M6 Films (co-production)
  • Remstar Productions (participation) (as Remstar)
  • Canal+ (participation)
  • TPS Star (participation)
  • 120 Films (participation)
  • Natixis Coficiné (support)
  • Uni Etoile 4 (in association with)
  • Uni Étoile 5 (in association with)
  • Cinémage 2 (in association with)
  • Banque Populaire Images 8 (in association with)
  • Région Haute-Normandie (support)
  • Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) (in partnership with)
  • Pathé

Other Companies:

  • Duran Duboi  digital intermediate
  • Post Factory NY  post-production facilities
  • Studio Line  adr studio

Distributors:

  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Hexagon Pictures (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Music Box Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • New American Vision (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Senator Film (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Belgium) (DVD) (retail)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • California Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Califórnia Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD) (Blu-Ray & DVD)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2010) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment Slovakia (2009) (Slovakia) (all media)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (all media)
  • Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Monopole-Pathé (2008) (Switzerland) (all media)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Belgium) (DVD) (rental)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • Music Box Films
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Pathé (2008) (France) (all media)
  • Remstar Distribution (2008) (Canada) (all media)
  • Top Film (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Duran Duboi

Visual Effects by:

  • Jerome Auliac known as digital compositor
  • Anais Bertrand known as visual effects coordinator
  • Alain Bignet known as digital compositor
  • Jerome Billet known as digital matte painter
  • Pierre Billet known as systems administrator
  • Alain Carsoux known as visual effects supervisor
  • Anthony Charbonnier known as digital compositor
  • Florian Chauvet known as visual effects coordinator
  • Jean-Nicolas Costa known as digital compositor
  • Nicolas Daniel known as data manager
  • Natalène Darfeuille known as visual effects production assistant
  • Séverine De Wever known as visual effects coordinator
  • Christophe Dehaene known as digital compositor
  • Stephane Dittoo known as visual effects supervisor
  • Ludivine Ducrocq known as production administration
  • Vincent Frei known as digital compositor
  • Pierre Gosset known as senior compositor
  • David Gourmaud known as visual effects editor
  • Aurélien Grand known as retouch and restoration
  • Ramesh Karthikeyan known as senior compositor
  • Pacini Kevin known as visual effects editor
  • Aurelie Lajoux known as senior compositor
  • Guillaume Le Gouez known as digital compositor
  • Yann Leroux known as digital compositor
  • Elodie Ly Tri known as retouch and restoration
  • Frederic Medioni known as tracking artist
  • Jean-Francois Michelas known as digital compositor
  • Fredrik Monteil known as digital compositor
  • Frank Petit known as digital compositor
  • Joel Pinto known as digital compositor
  • Elisa Pretta known as digital compositor
  • Siddharthan Raman known as roto/prep artist
  • Karthik Ramasamy known as visual effects artist
  • Ghislain Rio known as digital compositor
  • Christian Simon known as digital compositor
  • Jeremy Séguin known as digital compositor
  • Georges Tornero known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • Japan 22 October 2008 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 19 November 2008
  • France 19 November 2008
  • Czech Republic 20 November 2008 (French Film Festival)
  • Russia 11 December 2008
  • Russia 25 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Czech Republic 1 January 2009
  • Hungary 22 January 2009
  • Netherlands 19 February 2009
  • Croatia 5 March 2009
  • Israel 12 March 2009
  • USA April 2009 (San Francisco International Film Festival)
  • Slovakia 2 April 2009
  • Greece 6 April 2009 (Festival du Film Francophone)
  • Italy 17 April 2009
  • Denmark 19 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
  • Turkey 1 May 2009
  • Greece 7 May 2009
  • Norway 8 May 2009
  • Germany 21 May 2009
  • Denmark 29 May 2009
  • UK June 2009 (Edinburgh Film Festival)
  • USA 6 June 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • France 1 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Ireland 28 August 2009
  • UK 28 August 2009
  • Sweden 2 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 21 September 2009 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Finland 9 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 7 November 2009
  • Brazil 5 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Canada July 2010 (Fantasia International Film Festival)
  • Kuwait 8 July 2010
  • Canada 27 August 2010 (Québec)
  • USA 3 September 2010 (limited)
  • USA 30 September 2010 (Milwaukee Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for bloody brutal violence, a scene of sexuality, nudity and pervasive language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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