Mesrine (1984 film)

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Mesrine 1984 poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by André Génovès
Produced by Gérard Croce
Written by André Génovès
Starring Nicolas Silberg
Caroline Aguilar
Gérard Sergue
Music by Jean-Pierre Rusconi
Cinematography Jean-Claude Couty
Edited by Martine Rousseau
G.R. Productions
Distributed by Parafrance Films
Release date
29 February 1984 (1984-02-29)
Running time
110 min.
Country France
Language French

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.



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".[1] 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.


  1. ^ Benefield, James. "Mesrine DVD Review". Little White Lies. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 

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