Le Professionnel (1981)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

France, 1981.  Cerito Films, Les Films Ariane.  Screenplay by , , Georges Lautner, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

is arrested in an African country while attempting to assassinate its president and goes to jail for a couple of years. After being released he returns to Paris, where that president is visiting on a diplomatic mission, and Belmondo is still determined to bump the guy off. Trouble is, his superiors need to stop him because politics have changed while he was away and the assignment is no longer valid, but our hero is angry, vengeful and determined to prove himself capable. This French Chuck Norris adventure is a humdrum, by-the-numbers action film whose star has seen better days and whose plot relies far too much on tired cliches and some pretty rampant misogyny: pretty much the only woman who manages to keep her clothes on is a sadistic lesbian who enjoys raping police witnesses. It’s completely ridiculous, and it doesn’t make up for it by being in any way fun.

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