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Le boulet (original title)
It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Lanvin ... Moltès
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Francis Reggio
José Garcia ... Mustapha Amel alias "Le Turc"
Djimon Hounsou ... Det. Youssouf
Rossy de Palma ... Pauline Reggio
Jean Benguigui ... Saddam
Gary Tiplady Gary Tiplady ... Le géant / The Giant
Gérard Darmon ... Kowalski
Stomy Bugsy ... Malian #1
Marco Prince Marco Prince ... Malian #2
Omar Sy ... Malian #3 (as Omar)
Nicolas Anelka ... Nicolas, the soccer player
Jacky Lambert Jacky Lambert
Renaud Rutten Renaud Rutten
Innocent Mboumgou Innocent Mboumgou


It is the story of two types: Moltes a criminal in prison and Reggio one of the guards. Crazy adventures happen when following a winner ticket to Africa, they competes in a rally and are chased by the Turk, a sworn enemy of Moltes.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some crude sexual content | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Warner Bros France (French)


France | UK



Release Date:

10 April 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ball and Chain See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,542,993 (France), 19 April 2002
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The man at the airport reading the newspaper with Moltes' picture on the back is the Production Manager, Jean-Marc Deschamps See more »


The silver Peugeot 406 Coupe's alloy design changes from the scene in the parking garage to the moment when the car chase begins. See more »


Spoofs Les rois du gag (1985) See more »

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It's not Benoît Poelvoorde who is the millstone but the movie itself!
28 October 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Launched in the Spring 2002 in France, "le boulet" was hugely successful (more than 3 million of spectators in the French theaters). Why? This success remains both mysterious and unexplainable because Alain Berbérian's movie's got every conceivable fault, every fault imaginable so that you can name it: the perfect load of rubbish. It consists on an uninspired and hackneyed script with threadbare topics. Dialogs that aren't very worked and a poor directing that emphasizes too much on special effects.

But above all, "le boulet" is a bad movie because it borrows mostly elements or sequences from a lot of French movies. Thus, you find traces of "la cité de la peur" (1994) made by the same director, always Berbérian. But you also think about "la soif de l'or" (1993) and "la grande vadrouille" (1966) both made by Gérard Oury. Even the duo of characters with opposed disposition (here, we deal with the frail Poelvoorde and the heartless Lanvin) and who are however compelled to work together isn't original. Indeed, this comic device had been already used (and brilliantly) by Francis Veber. You only have to watch "la chèvre" (1981) or "les fugitifs" (1986) to realize it.

With this poor movie that looks hollow, we deal with a very serious situation: it would appear that French comedy is declining...

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