I Hired a Contract Killer

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I Hired a Contract Killer
Directed by Aki Kaurismäki
Produced by Aki Kaurismäki
Written by Aki Kaurismäki
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud,
Margi Clarke,
Kenneth Colley
Cinematography Timo Salminen
Release date
13 September 1990
Running time
79 min.
Country Finland
United Kingdom
Language English, Finnish

I Hired a Contract Killer is a film directed, produced and written by the Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki in 1990. It is a Finnish-British-German-Swedish co-production and stars the renowned French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud. The film also features cameo appearances by Joe Strummer as a guitar player[1] and by Kaurismäki as a sunglasses salesman.


Henri Boulanger (Léaud), a French man living in London, is laid-off from his job after fifteen years of service. He tries to commit suicide but because he continuously fails, decides to hire a hitman (Kenneth Colley) to finish the job. After making the contract he meets Margaret (Margi Clarke) and finds new meaning to life, however, he is unable to call off the hitman.

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  1. ^ "Joe Strummer keeps busy since Clash split". The Joe Strummer Resource. Archived from the original on October 5, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 

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