I contribute it to innocence of youth, when I gave the movie a full thumbs up 20 years ago. After hundreds of good (and bad) movies later, I was shocked to see how hollow the plot and how bad the performance of the actors really was. In order not to take away suspension (if ever) beforehand, here's the plot in brief:
Belmondo, beau, hero and government agent, is ordered to assassinate a good-for-nothing African president. However, politics change, the plan is cancelled and our hero ends up in an African hard labor prison camp. Now follows a bit of chain-gang melodrama a la Papillon and a hasty but successful escape, which leaves you again wondering who the fools are: the pursuing incompetent military or yourself, continuing watching the movie. There follows a big gap and our hero is back in France, now taking revenge on his former peers, including a car chase in a totally deserted ??? city of Paris. Apparently the movie's director felt obliged to proof to the audience, that the French movie industry is on par with Hollywood.
What adds to make the movie even worse are the sounds in mono, which spoils the fantastic soundtrack by ENNIO MORRICONE, and the movie's colors. Males wear heavy lipstick like drag queens and Belmondo's tan looks too good to be real.
I gave it one star for having the pleasure watching the hero's wife in her complete Eva's costume and a call girl in her G-strings.(Never get disappointed when it comes to a French movie). The other two stars are for the great soundtrack, which enables you enjoying the DVD without watching it. Overall verdict: The heavy price tag on it, does not justify a B-type movie.