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Believed Violent (Présumé dangereux)

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Believed Violent (Présumé dangereux)
Presume dangereux Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Georges Lautner
Release Date 1990
Language English
Studio Candice Productions
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tom Lepski Michael Brandon
Antonella Sophie Duez
Prof. Forrester Robert Mitchum
Comissioneer Durieux Francis Perrin
Herman Radnitz Mario Adorf
Thea Forrester Marie Laforêt
Col. Vigier Marc de Jonge

Believed Violent (original title Présumé dangereux) is a 1990 French crime movie directed by Georges Lautner and loosely based on the novel "Believed Violent" by James Hadley Chase. It is the fourth and the last in a series of French screen adaptations of the works of J.H. Chase, preceded by Try This One for Size (1989), Have a Nice Night and Want to Stay Alive (both 1990). The series is united by the person of the insurance investigator Tom Lepski (Michael Brandon) (in the original novels Tom Lepski is a police detective in Paradise City, Florida). In Believed Violent Lepski is involved in the affair of a genius scientist Prof. Forrester who goes insane and kills his wife's lover. Ruthless business magnat Radnitz wants to have Forrester's invention for himself, and the professor is the only man who knows the key to it.

The following weapons were used in the film Believed Violent (Présumé dangereux):


Manurhin MR-73

Police detectives and officers, including Inspector Jacobi (Stéphane Bonnet), carry revolvers that appear to be Manurhin MR-73. In the final scene Tom Lepski (Michael Brandon) takes a revolver from wounded Jacobi and uses it.

Manurhin MR-73 Gendarmerie with 3 inch barrel
A policeman draws his revolver on Lepski.
Inspector Jacobi in shootout with Silk. His revolver appears to be a version with 4" barrel and duty sights.
Lepski fires Jacobi's revolver.
Lepski aims the revolver at wounded Keegan.

Bruni Olympic 6

In the final scene Thea Forrester (Marie Laforêt) holds a Bruni Olympic 6 blank-firing revolver.

Bruni Olympic 6 with wooden grips - .22 blanks
Thea Forrester aims her revolver.
Another view of the same scene.
A close view of the revolver.
Col. Vigier (Marc de Jonge) holds Thea's hand with revolver.
A wooden grip can be seen when Vigier holds the revolver.

Unidentified revolver 1

In the final scene Tom Lepski (Michael Brandon) draws a revolver but immediately loses it as the gun is knocked out of his hand by Keegan's shot. The revolver is seen only in distance.

Lepski fires.
He drops the revolver.

Unidentified revolver 2

In the final scene Comissioneer Durieux (Francis Perrin) fires a nickel plated (or stainless steel) revolver. It appears to be a 5-shot, had an S&W style cylinder release but the caliber of the barrel seems to be much larger that caliber of cambers in the cylinder, so the revolver is most likely some blank firer.

Durieux fires his revolver. The general shape resembles S&W snub nose revolvers.
A close view of Durieux' revolver. The muzzle appears to be nearly one-and-a-half largers that cylinder chambers.

Unidentified revolver 3

In the final minutes of the movie Herman Radnitz (Mario Adorf) personally fires a revolver. It is a stainless steel or nickel plated snub nose revolver with shrouded ejector rod and target sights.

Radnitz draws the revolver...
...and fires.



One-eyed assassin Silk (Daniel Ubaud) and Radnitz's assistant Lindsay (André Oumansky) use M1911A1 pistols in several scenes.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Silk aims.
Lindsay threatens Prof. Forrester.
Another view of the same scene.
Silk holds his pistol in the final scene.
Silk attaches a sound suppressor. Like many screen silencers, this one is screwed inside the barrel.

Llama IX-A

Silk's partner Keegan (Jean-Marie Lemaire) carries a Llama IX-A. The shape of the slide, including slanted serrations, best matches 2nd series.

Llama IX-A, 2nd series - .45 ACP
Keegan's pistol in bag. Llama logo is seen on the grip.
Lepski grapples with Keegan. Vent rib, a typical sing of Llama, can be seen.
Keegan picks up his pistol from the floor.
Keegan runs with pistol in hand. The external extractor can be seen.

Submachine Guns


A MAT-49 SMG is seen in hands of a gendarme.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A gendarme guards the entrance of the mental hospital where Forrester is held.


Sawed-Off Double Barreled Shotgun

In the final scene Silk (Daniel Ubaud) uses a Sawed-off Double Barrel Shotgun.

Stevens 311R (sawed-off) - 12 gauge
Silk aims.
Silk holds a discharged shotgun.



In the final scene one of the police snipers is armed with a MAS-49/56 that can be identified due to the position of the front sight in the middle of the barrel.

MAS-49/56 - 7.5x54mm French
A sniper with MAS-49/56 is seen at the background.

Ruger Mini-14

In the same scene another sniper holds what appears to be a Ruger Mini-14 with folding stock.

Stainless steel Ruger Mini-14F with folding stock and 30-round magazine. - .223 Remington
A sniper at the background holds his rifle.

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