Directed by Jean-Francois Richet
Starring Vincent Cassel, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu
PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE (PART 1) -- the first of two parts -- charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (played by Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy Number 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France's notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on.
Mesrine was helped along the way by beautiful and equally reckless Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France), a Bonnie to match his Clyde. Mesrine made up his own epic, between romanticism and cruelty, flamboyance and tragedy. Both a thriller and a biopic, PUBLIC ENEMY (PART 1) explores the man behind the icon.
Maverick French star Vincent Cassel’s performances include Steven Soderbergh’s OCEAN’S TWELVE and David Cronenbergs’ EASTERN PROMISES (as Kerill, the son of Russian mobster Semyon). His other credits include Mathieu Kassovitz’ LA HAINE and CRIMSON RIVERS, Christopher Gans’ BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLVES, and Gaspar Noé’s IRREVERSIBLE.
Award-winning director Jean-Francois credits including ETAT DES LIEUX, MA 6-T VA CRACK-ER and ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne.