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The Female Executioner (L'exécutrice)

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The Female Executioner
LExecutrice Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Michel Caputo
Release Date 1986
Language French
Studio Tiphany Productions
Fil a Film
Main Cast
Character Actor
Martine Savignac Brigitte Lahaie
The Commissioner Michel Modo
Inspector Valmont Pierre Oudrey
Antoine Wenders Michel Godin
Bleck Betty Champeval
Madame Wenders Dominique Erlanger
Inspector Legrand Jean-Hugues Lime
Joelle Dominique LeMonier

The Female Executioner (L'exécutrice) is a 1986 French action movie directed by Michel Caputo. Martine Savignac (Brigitte Lahaie), an inspector at the Brigade des moeurs (vice squad) in Paris, investigates the trafficking of teenage girls by a certain Madame Wenders. The investigation leads Martine to conclusion that Wenders is close to the police commissioner in charge of the vice squad and gets the protection. When Martine's sister is kidnapped and killed, she turns into a vengeful vigilante.


The following weapons were used in the film The Female Executioner (L'exécutrice):


Smith & Wesson Model 29

A Smith & Wesson Model 29 with 6" barrel is a personal handgun of Inspector Valmont (Pierre Oudrey). After Valmont's death Martine (Brigitte Lahaie) takes the revolver and uses it. In the final scene the gun briefly falls in hands of Antoine (Michel Godin).

Smith & Wesson Model 29 with 6" barrel - .44 Magnum
Tough cop Valmont shows his revolver to Martine, mocking her tiny snub nose gun.
Valmont shows Martine how he disassembles and assembles back his gun with a blindfold on his eyes. It's worth noting that the cartridges definitly aren't .44 Magnum, more resembling 9 mm Par pistol ammo.
Valmont fires at Luigi.
Martine brings the revolver to the gun store in order to replace the grips to fit her hand.
Martine cleans and loads the revolver. Againt the ammo is not .44 Magnum.
Martine fires at criminals who break in her house.
The revolver in hands of Antoine.
Antoine throws away the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

A nickel plated Smith & Wesson Model 36 (too bright for a stainless steel Smith & Wesson Model 60) is Martine's (Brigitte Lahaie) sidearm until she replaces it with Valmont's S&W 29.

Nickel Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Martine arrests a pornography courier in the opening scene.
Inspector Valmont (Pierre Oudrey) examines Martine's revolver in the same scene. The square butt can be seen.
Another view of Martine's revolver in Valmont's hands.
To his surprise, Valmont finds out that Martine goes to mission with unloaded gun.
During the raid on an illegal brothel, performed by Martine and Legrand, a pimp disarms Martine and holds her at gunpoint with her own revolver.
Martine holds her revolver during the attempt to save her sister.
Martine fires at Madame Wenders' henchmen.
She watches hopelessly as events unfold tragically.

One of Madame Wenders' henchmen holds a common blued Smith & Wesson Model 36 during the shootout with Martine and Valmont.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Unnamed henchman (at the background) fires a blued S&W 36 revolver.

Manurhin MR-73 Defense

Martine's partner Inspector Legrand (Jean-Hugues Lime) carries a Manurhin MR-73 Defense revolver.

Manurhin MR-73 Defense with 3" barrel and duty sights - .357 Magnum
Legrand carries his revolver in holster during the raid on the illegal brothel.
The typically placed logo on the grip is seen.
Legrand holds the revolver.
Legrand screws up, and his revolver is in hands of a pimp.

Arminius HW-38

Madame Wenders (Dominique Erlanger) uses a nickel plated Arminius HW-38 to kill the exposed police informer.

Arminius HW-38 - .38 Special
Madame Wenders fires the revolver.

Colt Python

One of the duo of criminals, hunting for Martine, carries a Colt Python.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel and factory wood grips - .357 Magnum
A criminal holds his revolver during the visit to the corrupt police commissioner.
A close view of the revolver.
The criminal holds the revolver when the duo breaks in Martine's house.

Unidentified revolvers

Luigi (David Vergnes), one of Madame Wenders' henchmen, carries a snub nose revolver during the kidnapping of a schoolgirl. In another scene, when Luigi is arrested by Inspector Valmont, the latter takes a different revolver from Luigi.

Luigi holds a bright snub nose revolver. It may be the nickel plated S&W Model 36, like the one used by Martine, but it's hard to say for sure.
Luigi loads his revolver. In this and following scenes he has a revolver that may be an MR-73 with duty sights, like the one, used by Legrand, but again it's hard to say for sure.
Luigi holds the revolver while opening the door.
Valmont disarms Luigi.


Smith & Wesson 39

Madame Wenders' son Antoine (Michel Godin) carries a nickel plated Smith & Wesson 39 with pearl grips in several scenes.

Smith & Wesson 39-2, nickel finish - 9x19mm
Antoine points his pistol at Bleck.
A partial view of the slide.
Antoine threatens Bleck.
Another view of the same scene.
Antoine with the Smith & Wesson 39 and Walter with the Beretta 93R.

Beretta 93R

Luigi's elder brother Walter (Richard Allan), also Madame Wenders' henchman, carries a Beretta 93R pistol.

Beretta 93R with wood grips - 9x19mm
Antoine with the Smith & Wesson 39 and Walter with the Beretta 93R.
Walter fires at Martine and Valmont.
The pistol is seen cycling.
Walter is gunned down and drops his pistol.

Beretta 92

In the climactic scene Madame Wenders (Dominique Erlanger) takes a Beretta 92-style pistol from the Commissioner's (Michel Modo) shoulder holster. What appears to be also a Beretta 92-style pistol is used by one of the duo of criminals when they break in Martine's house. The exact model hardly can be identified but it is definitly a pre-92F model.

For comparison: Beretta 92S - 9x19mm
A criminal fires at Martine.
He is gunned down.
Madame Wenders takes the pistol from the killed Commissioneer's holster.
The typical Beretta barrel and the rounded trigger guard are seen.
She fires at Martine. After a single shot, the slide locks in the rear position but more gunshot sounds follow.

Pocket Pistol

An unidentified pocket pistol is seen in the scene in the gun store. It may be not a live gun but a blank- or gas-firing weapon.

The pocket pistol on the table. The ammo near the pistol seem to be blank or gas.

Air Pistol

In the scene on the police shooting range an air pistol of unknown model is used by Inspector Legrand (Jean-Hugues Lime) who teaches his girlfriend to shoot.

Legrand teaches his girlfriend to shoot.
Another view of the pistol.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1921AC or M1928

A hostess in the casino, owned by the Asian crime boss Chang Li, holds a Thompson M1921AC or M1928 with drum magazine.

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP.
M1928 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
The hostess shows the Thompson to other girls, calling it "a 1940's brand".
She makes an attempt to fire at Martine.



A strange man who names himself Gaston Velin (Bernard Hug, credited as "The shooter") uses a Franchi SPAS-12 with fixed stock in the scene in the parking.

Franchi SPAS-12 with fixed stock - 12 gauge
The SPAS-12 in Velin's car.
Velin fires at two thugs, assaulting Martine.
He holds the shotgun.

Savage Model 69RXL

A guard in Chang Li's casino holds a Savage Model 69RXL shotgun.

Savage Model 69RXL - 12 gauge
The guard shows his shotgun to the hostesses.
Another view of the shotgun.
Martine guns down the guard.

Unidentified shotgun

In the opening scene one of the police officers on the helicopter fires an unidentified pump action shotgun. It is seen very briefly and unclear.

A police officer fires from the helicopter. The effect of his shots on the ground looks more like machine gun fire.
The officer leaves the landed helicopter with the shotgun in hands. The full buttstock can be seen.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Several Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in the gun store.

Several shotguns are seen at the left.
Several long guns are seen in the gun rack in the workshop (at the right). Most seem to be double barreled shotguns.


Unidentified Sporter Rifle

Several sporting rifles of unknown models are seen in the scene on the shooting range.

A shooter with a rifle is seen on the range.
Another shooter holds a rifle, possibly an air gun.

Various rifles

A number of rifles is seen in the gun store.

A rifle with sniper scope is seen at the background center.
A gun at the background right seems to be a kind of AR-15 - at least the handguard, the front sight and the position of the sling swivel fit quite well.


Astra 357

On promotional images as well as on movie posters and DVD covers Martine (Brigitte Lahaie) holds a stainless Astra 357 revolver. This revolver isn't used in the movie.

Astra 357, 4" barrel, Stainless Steel - .357 Magnum

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