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Les spécialistes (1985)

During a routine transfer of prisoners from one jail to another, an accused cop killer, Paul Brandon, is temporarily chained to a con with only a year left to serve, Stéphane Carella. Paul ... See full summary »

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Patrice Leconte
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Giraudeau ... Paul Brandon
Gérard Lanvin ... Stéphane Carella
Christiane Jean Christiane Jean ... Laura
Maurice Barrier ... Kovacs
Daniel Jégou Daniel Jégou ... Casino director
Bertie Cortez Bertie Cortez ... Mazetti
Christian Bianchi Christian Bianchi
Jean-Luc Debrie Jean-Luc Debrie
William Doherty William Doherty
Bernard Hervé Bernard Hervé
Salvatore Ingoglia Salvatore Ingoglia
Philippe Lehembre
Patrick Massieu Patrick Massieu
Jacques Nolot ... Le gendarme chez Laura
Gerard Parachou Gerard Parachou
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During a routine transfer of prisoners from one jail to another, an accused cop killer, Paul Brandon, is temporarily chained to a con with only a year left to serve, Stéphane Carella. Paul bolts pulling the reluctant Stéphane with him. They escape to a farmhouse whose lovely owner Laura lost her husband to a cop's bullet; so she agrees to assist them. Once out of their chains, Paul proposes the burglary of a casino owned by the Mafia. Stéphane and Laura agree, but Stéphane soon learns that Paul is an undercover cop whose burglary plot is a ruse to start a war between rival gangs. Can they avoid detection? And what about the heist? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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C'était impossible, ils l'ont fait !

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Adventure | Crime

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A betörés nagymestere See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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...Pour Faire Le Casse
Written and Performed by Éric Demarsan
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A fine Buddy film with delicious subtext.
20 November 2002 | by blktaunaSee all my reviews

This is a really fun buddy film of the homoerotique variety.

Paul and Stephan have a delightful relationship. Things start out with Paul in charge, but hat doesn't last long. Even the lovely Laura, who helps them out, thinks that they belong together. The previous commenter describes the symbolic nature of what was going on but he fails to mention the chemistry of the two characters. Paul purrs in Stephan's ear, they fix each other's clothes and the end... well the ending... They might as well ride off into the sunset together with a just married sign.

I do disagree with the previous commenter about the dialog. In French it is very witty. I did have a bit of trouble with some of the slang but I flipped on the subs and it cleared alot up. The setup of the job was concise and clear, the cinematography was beautiful, the dialog was sharp and fun, there was a nice twist to the plot and a nice enjoyable resolution. Parts are reminiscent of Ronin but they were filmed in the same area and with the same intent, so I would expect similarities. But where Ronin is dark, Les Specialists is light.

I would absolutely recommend this film to anyone for a fun afternoon's viewing. The scenery is gorgeous, the boys are gorgeous and the pace is fun. It isn't War and Peace but as I don't like War and Peace, that is a good thing...


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