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In the climactic second part of the the Mesrine saga, Jacques Mesrine is back in France after his brazen assault on the maximum-security prison from which he daringly escaped. Once again in police custody and facing stern justice for his crimes, the "man

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"An Instant Gangster Classic. This is In a League with The Epics of Coppola & Scorsese" --Kim Newman, Empire

"One of the Ten Best Films of The Year" --Bob Mondello, National Public Radio

"Riveting, Visceral Entertainment" --Stephen Holden, The New York Times


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- English language dub track
- Theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathew Amalric
  • Directors: Jean Francois Richet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Music Box Films Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ITYDVG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,592 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Note: This DVD presentation is a direct continuation of the Jacque Mesrine crime saga that began with "Mesrine: Killer Instinct." If you haven't seen that film, you will probably want to in advance of screening this one. Both theatrically and for DVD distribution, this film was split into two distinct parts and packaged separately. There are, however, international DVD versions available that have the complete product--if you choose to go that route and buy only one DVD, just make sure that the DVD is compatible with your DVD player.

Branded his country's Public Enemy No. 1 for his international exploits during the sixties and seventies, Jacque Mesrine's notoriety brought him a certain celebrity status. With murders, bank heists, kidnappings, and bold prison breaks--Mesrine embraced his lawlessness with a flair and flamboyance that have maintained his cult appeal even thirty years after his death. Adapting Mesrine's own memoir, writer/director Jean-Francois Richet has divided Mesrine's escapades into two feature films. The first--"Mesrine: Killer Instinct"--charts his initiation into a gangster existence and his rise to worldwide attention while this follow-up "Mesrine: Public Enemy #1" charts the height and end stages of his criminal career. Where the first installment was an episodic character study that explained Mesrine's descent into crime, this film boldly takes on the appeal of a full fledged action epic.

Don't expect any back story or recap going into "Public Enemy #1." The narrative starts right off with an exciting court house escape and the momentum rarely wanes. Vincent Cassel delivers a performance of much power and charm as the relentless Mesrine. These years (the seventies) have Cassel embracing his criminal notoriety and fame.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2011
Format: DVD
MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1 is a sequel, or actually Part II of MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT. It is important to note this fact because for the casual viewer who picks up this DVD first there will be a lot of background story missing. Apparently there is somewhat of a cult of Mesrine devotees, so powerful was his image as the most devious criminal of the 1960s -1970s in France. Or perhaps it is the media that makes criminals like Charles Manson, Bonnie and Clyde, John Gotti, Al Capone, John Dillinger etc etc 'heros' to the public. But if examining the lives of such beings entertains you then this film may register.

Apparently the first film in this biopic showed the development of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) as he becomes a bank robber, kidnapper, jail breaker, etc, but this film starts with Mesrine in court form which he escapes and then proceeds to rob banks and kill people and eventually end up believing in his own grandeur as Public Enemy #1. The film was written by Abdel Raouf Dafri and director Jean-François Richet who obviously are more concerned with setting up ambushes and escapes and robberies than with character development. The is one well-written scene in the film - Mesrine sneaking into a hospital where his father (Michel Duchaussoy) is dying that is true drama, but the rest is rather uncontrolled raucous crime. Vincent Cassel is such a fine actor that he is able to bring to life this atrocious character (having not seen Part 1 leaves any advantage that film may have given to his character development and why this actor suddenly has a beer gut, etc).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cullions889 on November 2, 2012
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This is a great gangster film, in league with Scarface and Goodfellas. Mesrine was quite a character in real life, and this movie based on his autobiography is exciting and fascinating. Vincent Cassel burns up the screen as Mesrine, a hotheaded, violent, but at the same time, tender and emotional man. He became somewhat of a folk hero in France for thumbing his nose at the judicial and penal systems. He beat both systems numerous times, and this movie shows how he did it. Highly recommended!
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Format: Blu-ray
Ah...the French just have a way about them. Example: the gifted actress Catherine Deneuve - so breathtaking/so French. Vincent Cassel 's a "can't take your eyes off him" actor & intriguingly attractive. As Mesrine he's unbelievably sure of himself/egotistic/charming/irresponsible/sentimental & indiscriminate killer w/a sense of humor.

Reviewer K. Harris tells it all elegantly.

Saw the 1st part of "Mesrine" & not all that impressed, but the 2nd was spellbinding. Had no idea it has a cult following. Thought "Grey Garden's" a gleaming gem & learned later it has a cult following too. A fan of big time criminals considered heroes? Imagine "Bonnie & Clyde" on massive amounts of steroids...
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Based on a true story. This is a story gangland french style J.Mesrine was a fellow from a decent middle class family that went to war for his country to Algeria the then French colony, of course being battle hardened, he returns back to France & meets up with an old friend who basically takes him to a goodfella... if you get my drift... & the amazing true story of this guy begins. It's in 2 parts, excellent Acting all around, VINCENT CASSELL, J. DE .P. AS He used to say often only when I say kill me they will. Gritty, loved it can compete with many a top Gangster flicks. Have a gander, who knows if you like it, add this definitely to your collection!!!. French- English- sub's. It was a fine purchase
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