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Le Professionnel
Le Professionnel
Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly, Robert Hossein, Michel Beaune, Cyrielle Clair
Director: Georges Lautner
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2001     1hr 49min


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Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly, Robert Hossein, Michel Beaune, Cyrielle Clair
Director: Georges Lautner
Creators: Georges Lautner, Alain Belmondo, Alexandre Mnouchkine, Georges Dancigers, Jacques Audiard, Michel Audiard, Patrick Alexander
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/30/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1981
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1981
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Max L. (Hystericon)
Reviewed on 7/8/2008...
This is an entertaining and quite gripping movie.
He is a professional after all and was willing to risk his life to finish his mission from a couple of years back. The game of cat and mouse was pretty good and the way the story ended was surprising with the professional giving his old bosses a dilemma on how to resolve the mission. Worth watching definitely.

Movie Reviews

Great actor, Good movie, Bad transfer
TauRus | Illinois, USA | 06/04/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Feeling a little nostalgic for the movies I grew up with back in the USSR, I bought Le Professionel DVD from Amazon. I was looking so much forward to see this action movie and Belmondo whose movies I used to watch dozens of times in my childhood. What a frustration!!! Very bad PAL->NTSC conversion (many visible artifacts), extremely bad video transfer/encoding on DVD disc (blurry image), all audio tracks are mono, moreover they are poorly recorded which does not do justice to the famous Morricone theme. As much as I love the actor and the movie I do not recommend buying it. Shame on Image Entertainment for such a horrid DVD release."
Fatal indifference
Pamela Williams | Saginaw, Texas USA | 09/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The plot revolves around the fact that French agent, Joss Baumont, is sent by his government to assassinate a ruthless and oppressive African dictator. Unfortunately, before his mission can be completed, the French decide that the dictator might be a useful ally; consequently, Baumont is "sacrificed" by his own agency and betrayed to the dictator's police. Baumont is imprisoned in a brutal African labor camp for two years, before he manages to escape. What follows next is a sort of vendetta against the African dictator and his former associates in the French secret service. Upon his escape, Baumont acts rather like a character without a soul, in that he seems completely indifferent to his ultimate fate. He proceeds to France with the intention of killing the African dictator (who conveniently has a scheduled state visit in Paris);however, he cannot resist the temptation to notify his former French colleagues of his plans. Naturally, what ensues is a game of cat and mouse, in which Baumont generally outwits his former comrades (who are now responsible for protecting the dictator during his state visit). Baumont does receive some assistance with his plans from his wife and from a few assorted characters;
however, he is largely on his own as he attempts to penetrate the security around the dictator. His most persistent antagonist is an unscrupulous police inspector named
Rosen. Rosen is not the least bit reluctant to sanction almost any method which yields the desired result-- the capture or killing of Baumont. This story has elements of humor, notably the scenes involving a prositute and her client and what amounts to an almost Wild West type of gunfight between Baumont and Rosen. Ultimately, a certain measure of justice prevails in that some of the most villainous characters suffer a well deserved demise. However, the ending of the story (while predictable) is somewhat unsatisfying--- as the viewer is left only with an empty feeling regarding the pointlessness and futility of Baumont's fatal choices. Still, this film is worth viewing and owning for any true Belmondo fan. On the whole, it was more entertaining than some French films which have been more critically acclaimed."
Le Professionel
Mike | FL | 05/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have seen this movie I think in the late 80s or early 90s. I have been looking around for this movie and I finally find it here. It is a great movie one of a kind. Belmondo did a great job. I had the theme song stuck in my head for so long and I finally I have to hear it again. I would suggest that every classic movie lovers should definitely watch this movie. Well, for me I'm going to watch it again for the N times..."