- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 3, 2010
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Delve into the criminal underworld with commentary
- Deleted scenes
- Rehearsal footage
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Wall Street Journal - 09/11/2009
“Jacques Audiard's masterful A PROPHET stretches the concept of entertainment by taking us into the brutish world of a French prison...”
Film Comment - 01/01/2010
"[W]ith its lush Alexandre Desplat score, deeply shadowed compositions, and fluid, understated camera movement, A PROPHET is distinctly an Audiard construction."
Empire - 01/22/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "Rahim shifts from wary tough-nut to keen student to aloof enigma in the furrow of a brow. It's a masterful performance..."
Los Angeles Times - 02/26/2010
"[T]he masterful A PROPHET, is an answered prayer for those who believe that revitalizing classic forms with contemporary attitudes makes for the most compelling kind of cinema."
USA Today - 02/26/2010
"Rahim is superb in a lead role that calls for him to be both sympathetic and ruthless. With his soulful dark eyes, he powerfully conveys a primal need for self-preservation."
Box Office - 02/23/2010
3 stars out of 5 -- "It says much for the ability of director Jacques Audiard that he manages to create an emotional intensity that lifts the commonplace on to a higher plain."
A.V. Club - 02/25/2010
"[It's] like a Gallic GOODFELLAS: thoroughly absorbing, exciting, even poetic. It's a full evening's entertainment." -- Grade: A-
Wall Street Journal - 02/26/2010
"[An] incendiary crime epic....Like THE GODFATHER, which it regularly recalls, A PROPHET serves up crime as metaphor for life and power, set in a world of chaos that is dependent on codes and rules."
New York Times - 02/26/2010
"Like his character, Mr. Rahim's performance sneaks up from behind....A thrilling film."
Movieline - 02/25/2010
"Contrasting a cold-eyed naturalism with calm, almost soothing hallucinations of his victim and impressionistic internalizations, Audiard creates a seductive psychology..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/05/2010
"[The director] proceeds with calm, unshowy attentiveness, creating a stunning portrait of an innately smart survivor..." -- Grade: A-
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/03/2010
4 stars out of 4 -- "The best performance in the film is by Arestrup as Cesar....The newcomer Rahim is an enigma."
Rolling Stone - 03/18/2010
4 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his knockout punch of a thriller surpasses its trappings to speak in a universal language about the ways power corrupts the human condition."
Washington Post - 03/12/2010
3.5 stars of 4 -- "[Audiard draws] viewers into the densely layered, ruthless ecology of a French prison..."
Prison / Prisoners