The Professional (1981 film)

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Not to be confused with Léon: The Professional.
The Professional
Le Professionnel.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Georges Lautner
Produced by Alain Belmondo
Written by Michel Audiard
Georges Lautner
Jacques Audiard
Patrick Alexander (novel)
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean Desailly
Robert Hossein
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Henri Decaë
Edited by Michelle David
Distributed by Gaumont
Release date
21 October 1981
Running time
109 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget FRF 20,000,000[1]
(€ 3,000,000)[2]
Box office 5,243,559 admissions (France)[3]
(€ 11,681,831)[2]
3,210,134
(West Germany)[2]

The Professional (original title: Le Professionnel; French pronunciation: ​[lə pʁɔfɛsjɔˈnɛl]) is a 1981 French action film directed by French director Georges Lautner, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Desailly and Robert Hossein, based on the award-winning 1976 novel Death of a Thin-Skinned Animal by Patrick Alexander.

The film was a wide commercial success upon its theatrical release, with 5,243,559 tickets sold, making it the fourth most watched feature film in France in 1981 behind La Chèvre, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Fox and the Hound.[4]

The music was composed by Ennio Morricone and the theme music "Chi Mai" is known worldwide.

Plot[edit]

French secret agent Josselin Beaumont is sent to kill Colonel Njala, the dictator of Malagawi, a fictional African country. However, before he manages to accomplish his mission, the political situation changes drastically and the French secret service resorts to handing over Beaumont to the Malagawian authorities. After a long, unfair trial, during which Beaumont is injected with drugs, he is sentenced to long-term penal servitude at a "re-education camp".

Following a daring escape with one of the other inmates, he returns to France and informs the French secret service of his presence, promising that he will kill Njala, who is in France for an official visit, thus getting his revenge on the people who betrayed him. The secret service responds by setting other agents on Beaumont's trail. However, he manages to remain one step ahead, humiliating and killing some of his major betrayers, including Rosen, the sadistic chief of the secret police. After Rosen falls in a gunfight, Beaumont switches their identity cards, spreading confusion within the secret service and temporarily reducing Njala's guard. Beaumont eventually tricks a secret service agent into shooting the dictator. While government officials confer with higher authorities, he slowly walks towards Njala's helicopter, but is shot dead by government agents, who have received the order to do so.

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