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The Outsider (Le Marginal) (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

After the outstanding The Professional (Le Professionnel, 1981), The Outsider (Le Marginal, 1983), made by many of the same key people, would just have to be great, right? I mean, even if it were 80% as good as The Professional it'd still be pretty damn wonderful.

Alas, The Outsider is more like 50% as good, maybe less. Where The Professional was a clever, funny, sexy, suspenseful, and vividly-shot spy thriller, The Outsider is more like a cross between a typical Italian poliziotteschi and a Dirty Harry movie, but in French. Some of the good qualities of The Professional are also present in The Outsider, and star Jean-Paul Belmondo is, unsurprisingly, terrific as the loose cannon cop of the title, but the script is vastly inferior and its story confusing and uninvolving.

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