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by Alain Berbérian, Frédéric Forestier


The story of two guys, Moltès, a mob boss, and Reggio, a screw. Like all mob bosses, Moltès winds up in prison. With Reggio’s help, he gets to play lotto every week and one day he hits the jackpot. Reggio’s wife leaves for Africa, playing at being a volunteer nurse for a rally. What has she done with the winning ticket? Moltès escapes, obliging Reggio to came along with him. They head for Bamako.
It’s also the story of: Turk, Moltès’s sworn enemy; his bodyguard, a giant with steel teeth; a large unhinged wheel; rebel Tuareg; a mad chase across the desert...

international title: Ball and Chain
original title: Le boulet
country: France
sales agent: FTD (France Télévisions Distribution)
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Alain Berbérian, Frédéric Forestier
film run: 107'
release date: FR 10/04/2002, BE 10/04/2002, CH 10/04/2002, ES 14/08/2002, EE 18/10/2002, HU 02/01/2003, SI 03/01/2003, CZ 20/02/2003, PT 16/05/2003, PL 06/06/2003, IT 27/06/2003, DK 11/07/2003, GR 08/08/2003, DE 14/08/2003
screenplay: Matt Alexander, Thomas Langmann, Dominique Mezerette, Manuel Delilez
cast: Gérard Lanvin, Benoît Poelvoorde, José Garcia, Rossy de Palma, Djimon Hounsou
cinematography by: Jean-Pierre Sauvaire
film editing: Philippe Bourgueil
art director: Carlos Conti
costumes designer: Chattoune
music: Jean-Louis Viale, Robert Basarte
producer: Thomas Langmann
production: La Petite Reine, France 3 Cinéma, Warner Bros
distributor: Warner Bros Entertainment France, Les Films de l'Elysée (BE), JMH Distribution (CH), Warner Sogefilms (ES), BDG (EE), SPI International (HU/PL/CZ), Ljubljanski Kinematografi (SI), Lusomundo (PT), Dania Film (IT), Sandrew Metronome (DK), Rosebud (GR), Atlas Film (DE)
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