I Hired a Contract Killer

I Hired a Contract Killer is a film directed, produced and written by the Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki in 1990. It is a Finnish-British-German-Swedish co-production and stars the renowned French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud. The film also features cameo appearances by Joe Strummer as a guitar player[2] and by Kaurismäki as a sunglasses salesman.

I Hired a Contract Killer
Directed byAki Kaurismäki
Produced byAki Kaurismäki
Written byAki Kaurismäki
CinematographyTimo Salminen
Edited byAki Kaurismäki
Distributed byFinnkino
Release date
Running time
79 minutes[1]
  • Finland
  • Sweden


Henri Boulanger (Léaud), a French man living in London, is laid-off from his job after fifteen years of service. He tries to commit suicide but because he continuously fails, decides to hire a hitman (Kenneth Colley) to finish the job. After making the contract he meets Margaret (Margi Clarke) and finds new meaning to life, however, he is unable to call off the hitman.

See also


  1. "I Hired a Contract Killer". British Board of Film Classification.
  2. "Joe Strummer keeps busy since Clash split". The Joe Strummer Resource. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2010.

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