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Half a Chance

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Half a Chance
HalfAChance Cover.jpg
DVD Cover
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Patrice Leconte
Release Date 1998
Language French
Studio Les Films Christian Fechner
TF1 Films Production
Distributor UGC-Fox Distribution
Main Cast
Character Actor
Léo Brassac Jean-Paul Belmondo
Julien Vignal Alain Delon
Alice Tomaso Vanessa Paradis
Carella Eric Defosse
Trenchcoat Killer Aleksandr Yakovlev
Anatoli Sharkov Valeri Gatayev
Ledoyen Michel Aumont

Half a Chance (French: Une chance sur deux) is a French 1998 action comedy movie starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon and Vanessa Paradis.

The basic plot is about Alice Tomaso (Paradis), a young car thief who is in search of her father. She finds out that both car dealer and former mercenary Léo Brassac (Belmondo) and businessman and former master thief Julien Vignal (Delon) are possibly responsible, and accidentally runs into the business of Russian mafia boss Anatoli Sharkov.

The following weapons were used in the film Half a Chance:


Makarov PM

The Trenchcoat Assassin (Aleksandr Yakovlev) uses a Makarov PM pistol when he shoots one of Sharkov's henchmen.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
The subtitle reads "No, you will stay here, forever".
HalfAChance MakarovPM 2.jpg

Beretta 92FS Inox

A Beretta 92FS Inox is the weapon of choice of Julien (Alain Delon). In the climax of the movie, Julien also fires it Akimbo-style.

Beretta 92FS INOX - 9x19mm.
Julien (Alain Delon) with his Beretta 92FS Inox.

Beretta 93R

Léo (Jean-Paul Belmondo) uses a Beretta 93R throughout the movie.

Beretta 93R - 9x19mm
Léo holds the Beretta 93R, while Julien is seen again with the 92F Inox.
A closeup on Léo's 93R.

Mauser C96

Léo (Jean-Paul Belmondo) has a richly decorated Mauser C96 pistol in his arsenal.

Mauser C96 in silver finish - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Léo holds the C96, while Julien picks up the Thompson.

CZ 100

The Trenchcoat Killer uses a CZ 100 when he runs into Léo, Julien and Alice's trap.

CZ 100 pistol - 9x19mm
The Trenchcoat Killer shortly before running into the trap.
The pistol lying beside the Trenchcoat Killer.

Unidentified Revolver

When Léo and Julien find Léo's guard shot, an unidentified revolver is seen lying next to him.

The dead guard with his revolver.

Ruger SP101

Alice (Vanessa Paradis) receives "training" from Léo with a Ruger SP101 revolver.

Ruger SP101 - .357 Magnum
Alice with the Ruger SP101.
Alice takes cover with the SP101.

Manurhin MR-73 Gendarmerie

Police investigator Carella (Eric Defosse) has a Manurhin MR-73 Gendarmerie as a sidearm.

MR-73 Defence with 4" barrel and duty sights
Carella being threatened with his own MR-73.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

A Heckler & Koch MP5A3 is used by the Motorcycle Assassins in the beginning of the movie.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with original "slimline" handguard and straight "waffle"-style magazine - 9x19mm
The silhouette of a MP5 can be seen as the assassins arrive.
One of the killers with his MP5A3. Note the early style straight magazine.

Mini Uzi

Besides the MP5, the Motorcycle Assassins also use at least one IMI Mini Uzi during the attack on the deal between Sharkov and Colombian drug dealer Angel Vargas (Luis Jaime-Cortez).

Mini Uzi with stock folded - 9x19mm
The Mini Uzi being fired during the attack.

Thompson M1928

A Thompson M1928 submachine gun with a drum magazine is picked up by Julien in Léo's weapon chamber.

M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP.
Léo holds the C96 while Julien picks up the Thompson.

Sa. Vz.61 Skorpion

A Czech Sa. Vz.61 Skorpion SMG is used by Anatoli Sharkov (Valeri Gatayev) throughout the movie.

SA Vz. 61 Skorpion - .32 ACP
Sharkov with the Skorpion

Assault Rifles


AIMR are seen throughout the film.

AIMR - 7.62x39mm
One of the thugs in the background holding a AIMR.
A closeup of one of the AIMR.

SIG SG 543

The henchmen of Sharkov use several SIG SG 543 carbines with folding stocks during the final shootout.

Sig SG 543 with folding stock - 5.56x45mm
The rear gunman holds a SG 543 carbine. Note the stock and the short barrel.
A close-up on the SG 543 gunman.

SIG SG 540

Beside the more prominent SG 543, a SIG SG 540 rifle with a folding stock can also be seen.

Sig SG 540 with folding stock - 5.56x45mm
As the defense is being organized, one man behind him holds a SG 540. Note the long barrel and the stock. The subtitle reads "Dispose at the positions. Shoot! They shall not approach the house! Fire!"

Galil 7.62 ARM

When Alice frantically drives back to Léo's hideout, the Russian henchmen fire at her with a scoped Galil 7.62 ARM assault rifle. Interestingly, this weapon holds a Galil Sniper Rifle-like short magazine.

IMI Galil ARM, 7.62x51mm NATO variant.
Note the short magazine.

Machine Guns

FN Minimi Para

A FN Minimi Para is used in the final shootout, distinguishable by its short barrel. Oddly enough, the top handle goes from being positioned upwards to being folded down along the handguard between shots.

FN Minimi Para with 100-round camo cloth ammo bag - 5.56x45mm.
The Minimi lined up with the SG 543.
Note that the carry handle is now folded downward.

Other Weapons


In order to stop the dynamite-laden bulldozer driven by Léo, the Trenchcoat Killer orders the use of several M72 LAWs against it.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm
A M72 being quickly brought into position.

Mk 2 hand grenades

When the Russians attack his hideout, Léo (Jean-Paul Belmondo) opens a crate of Mk 2 hand grenades and throws them at the Russians.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Léo unboxes the Mk 2 grenades. Note the French markings on the crate.
File:Arme - Grenade à main Mk2 0006.jpg
Do you know the hand grenade game ? Who moves loses ! No winners !

Léo's Arsenal

When they decide to face up with the Russians, Léo shows Julien into his arsenal. Many weapons can be seen here, including a Walther WA 2000 sniper rifle, several AK-47 variants, a FN MAG machine gun, a Stielhandgrante hand grenade and even a PIAT anti-tank launcher.

To be seen: AK-47, a PIAT and a WA 2000, along with many more nice toys.
To be seen: A FN MAG and a Stielhandgranate.

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