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Le Boulet is a French film directed by Alain Berbérian and Frédéric Forestier, released in 2002.

Le Boulet
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Directed byAlain Berbérian
Produced byThomas Langmann
Jacques-Eric Strauss
Fabienne Tsaï
Jean-Louis Monthieux
StarringGérard Lanvin
Benoît Poelvoorde
José Garcia
Djimon Hounsou
Music byRobert Basarte
François Forestier
Krishna Levy
Jean-Louis Viale
CinematographyJean-Pierre Sauvaire
Edited byPhilippe Bourgueil
Release date
April 10, 2002 (2002-04-10TFrance)
Running time
107 min.
Budget$28.5 million[1]
Box office$16.8 million[2]


Moltès, a killer in prison, plays the lottery every week and sends the tickets with Reggio, a guard, so that the latter's wife, Pauline, can have them validated. One day the ticket is a winner, but Pauline is at a car rally in Africa, unknowingly carrying the ticket with her. Moltès wanting to recover his due, escapes and forces Reggio (the guard) to accompany him. However, he becomes the target of his nemesis, another gangster nicknamed "The Turk" (whose brother was killed by Moltès), and his bodyguard named Requin, a giant with teeth of steel.



Shooting took place in Paris and North Africa.

The man who reads a newspaper with Moltès' photo on the back is Jean-Marc Deschamps, the production manager. There are numerous cameo appearances; Nicolas Anelka appears as a football player, Jamel Debbouze as a prison guard in Mali, and musicians Stomy Bugsy (former Ministère AMER) and Marco Prince (singer of the FFF) and comedian Omar Sy (the duo Omar et Fred) as killer brothers. The scriptwriter and producer Thomas Langmann made a small cameo in the role of the Turk's brother.

The Turk's bodyguard (played by Gary Tiplady) is a reference to the notorious hitman known as "Jaws" played by Richard Kiel in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).


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