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A quintet of men who are all former special operations personnel hired to steal a case.



Played by: Robert De Niro

An former CIA agent hired to steal a valuable case with unknown contents.

  • The Leader: His part in the group. Sam has an equal balance of combat and strategic skills that allows him to take charge of the group.
  • The Mole: He actually still works for the CIA.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he finds silver paint on his hands and realizes that Gregor, who allegedly gave him the case, switched out the case and gave Sam one with a bomb inside.
  • Samurai: A modern-day version, since he still works for his government instead of being an out-of-work mercenary like the rest of the team.
  • Shoot the Hostage Taker: Takes out a mercenary at the Arles Amphitheater like this.
  • Walking Armory: Sam carries the largest variety of weapons, from a Colt M1991A1 Series 80 pistol, a SIG-Sauer P228 pistol, a SIG SG 551 assault rifle, a FN MINIMI-Para Mk 2 machine gun, a Heckler & Koch HK69A1 grenade launcher, and a LAW66 rocket launcher, the last four of which are used in the ambush in Nice alone.



Played by: Jean Reno

A French agent who is hired to steal the case.

  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Sam’s life during the climax by shooting Seamus.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses gadgets to change the traffic lights and a gunfire simulator to distract the Mooks in Nice.
  • The Face: His part in the group. Vincent is full of contacts and can get any equipment or information needed with just a few phone calls or visits.
  • The Lancer: To Sam.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever happened in Vienna where he encountered Sergi.
  • Perma-Stubble: A trademark of Jean Reno characters.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Beretta 92FS Inox semi-automatic handgun.



Played by: Stellan Skarsgård

A German agent hired to steal the case.

  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Gregor wears glasses and is the group’s traitor.
  • Hey, Catch!: Early in the film, Sam offers to pour Gregor coffee and deliberately knocks the cup (made of metal) off the table. Gregor catches it.
    Sam: Good reflexes.
    Gregor: Oh yeah. They die hard.
  • Kick the Dog: Tries to shoot a little girl just to make a point about how ruthless he is.
  • Mission Control: His part in the group. Gregor's task is to plan the original heist, follow everyone from his computer and give them information and directions.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realizes that the Russians want to kill him.
  • The Smart Guy: Gregor’s specialty is computers. He seems to be more skilled than being a computer expert, as Sam learns when he tests Gregor’s reflexes with a coffee cup.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Glock 17L pistol with the sights removed to allow for a claw mount with a Bushnell HOLOSight400 attachment.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Shown when he casually aims his pistol at a little girl at a playground, just to show what he’d do to someone he didn’t know, compared to someone he doesn’t like.



Played by: Sean Bean

A former SAS agent hired to steal the case.

  • The Big Guy: His part in the group. Hired for his experience in direct combat. Too bad it's all fake.
  • Blinded by the Light: During the first shootout, the buyers shine headlights in his face.
    "Shit! I can't see! I can't see!"
  • Put on a Bus: After being outed as a fake.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Heckler & Koch MP5K submachine gun. He also carries a Sig-Sauer P229 pistol.



Played by: Skipp Sudduth

Another former American agent hired to steal the case.

  • Badass Driver: His main role in the group. Hired specifically to drive the getaway vehicle.
  • Slashed Throat: While Larry waits for Sam and Vincent at the Arles Amphitheater, Seamus sneaks inside the backseat and cuts his throat.


Other Characters



Played by: Natascha McElhone

An Irish woman who hires the mercenaries to steal the case.


Seamus O’Rourke

Played by: Jonathan Pryce

Deirdre’s boss and member of the IRA.

  • Big Bad: It’s he who sets the plot in motion and much of the film is spent trying to get him away from the case.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Uses a car door to trip up Gregor.
  • Famous Last Words: ”You stupid shite. You’re a dead man.”
  • In the Back: Seamus has Sam at gunpoint and is about to kill him when Vincent comes up behind him and shoots him.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Sig-Sauer P239 two-tone pistol.

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