Mesrine (1984 film)
|Directed by||André Génovès|
|Produced by||Gérard Croce|
|Written by||André Génovès|
|Music by||Jean-Pierre Rusconi|
|Edited by||Martine Rousseau|
|Distributed by||Parafrance Films|
|29 February 1984|
Mesrine is a 1984 French film written and directed by André Génovès. A biographical film based on the life of Jacques Mesrine, it focuses on the eighteen months following his escape from La Santé Prison in May 1978 until his death in November 1979. Nicolas Silberg stars as the eponymous lead character.
- Nicolas Silberg as Jacques Mesrine
- Caroline Aguilar as Sylvia Jeanjacquot
- Gérard Sergue as François Besse
- Michel Poujade as Le commissaire Broussard
- Louis Arbessier as Lelievre
- Claude Faraldo as Charlie Bauer
- Jean-Pierre Pauty as Tillier
- Artus de Penguern as Inspector Lejeune
Film critic James Benefield of Little White Lies magazine regarded Mesrine as "a pretty ropey, half-baked biopic", inferior to the later 2008 film starring Vincent Cassel. Benefield criticized Génovès' "bland direction" and "lack of imagination", likening the film to a television production rather than a cinematic release, and noted that "the film fails to come to terms with Mesrine’s controversial glamour and celebrity". The Blood wrote a song about Mesrine which preceded both the 1984, and 2008 movies. The song featured on the 1983 album False Gestures For A Devious Public.
- Benefield, James. "Mesrine DVD Review". Little White Lies. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
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