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      I Hired a Contract Killer

      Released Sep 13, 1990 1h 19m Comedy List
      Reviews 87% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A suicidal man (Jean-Pierre Léaud) hires a terminally ill killer to bump him off, then changes his mind. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member kaurismaki doesn't miss in his english debut... an exquisite film, an absolute must see, with a cameo from the Clash's Joe Strummer and a great soundtrack of obscure tunes from Aki's dusty shelf. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Overlooked and probably the best Kaurismaki film ever made Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Magnificent use of color tone, and an attractive story-line. Its interesting that when you look up to the film information and finds that the man in this story is the boy in 400 Blows. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Despite setting in England featuring a French actor, you can easily feel the Finnish humour. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review sarfaraz a I Hired a Contract Killer British/German/Swedish film directed and written by legendary Finnish director Aki Kauiskaki (Le Havre). Film stars French actor Jean-Peirre Léud (former child-actor renowned for playing in legendary French director François Truffaut's The 400 Blows) and Margi Clarke. Set in England: A French man named Henri Boulanger (Jean-Pierre Léud) has been working for the past 15 years in a company; all of a sudden, he is made redundant from his job. He is given a golden wristwatch as token from the company. He has been lonely and depressed, eventually attempts to commit suicide - when hanging himself with a fine rope that he purchases, fails; later, he decides to suffocate to death by turning on the gas and sticking up his head inside a stove, unfortunately that too goes off in the nick of the time due to workers strike at gas companies. Ultimately, he hires a contract killer to kill him - this wish of his lives for short, since, the next day he falls in love with a flower-seller woman. Now, he must terminate the contract or else the murderer has already hit on the trails. Jean-Pierre is humbly innocent in this film. Excellent production designing, perfect tranquility pertained by the actors to solidify the characters. Although the movie is dark-comedy and yet it bears strong message, anyone who has gone through loneliness should certify the movie to portray original aspects experienced by ordinary hard-hit people. Pure entertainment with mesmerizing soundtracks. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A quirky crime comedy with an intriguing premise--Grows on you!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A suicidal man (Jean-Pierre Léaud) hires a terminally ill killer to bump him off, then changes his mind.
      Aki Kaurismäki
      Martin Bruce-Clayton
      Aki Kaurismäki
      Pandora Filmverleih
      Production Co
      Channel Four Films
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 13, 1990, Original
      1h 19m
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