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Outside the Law (2010)

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Outside the Law
Outside the Law.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Rachid Bouchareb
Release Date 2010
Language French, Arabic
Studio Tessalit Productions
Distributor StudioCanal
Main Cast
Character Actor
Abdelkadar Sami Bouajila
Messaoud Roschdy Zem
Saïd Jamel Debbouze
Colonel Faivre Bernard Blancan

Outside the Law is a 2010 French-Algerian film and the follow-up to Days of Glory, set between 1945 and 1962. Three Algerian brothers are separated after their father is killed in the 1945 Sétif massacre (the film's depiction of it caused some controversy). Abdelkadar is jailed in France for participating in demonstrations, Messaoud enlists in the French Army as a paratrooper and is sent to Indochina, and Saïd moves with his elderly mother to Paris, where he makes his fortune in the shady underground of Pigalle. Eventually the three brothers are reunited, where they get involved in the struggle for Algerian independence.

It should be noted that, despite sharing the same character names and actors as Days of Glory, the movie should be considered a standalone, rather then direct, sequel.

The following weapons appear in the film Outside the Law:


Browning Hi-Power

Colonel Faivre (Bernard Blancan) and his fellow Gendarmerie inspectors carry the Browning Hi-Power.

Classic Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm
Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) takes Colonel Faivre's Browning Hi-Power. Messaoud is armed with a Colt M1911A1.
A Gendarmerie fires his Hi-Power at the FLN in a shootout.
Colonel Faivre (Bernard Blancan) fires a Browning Hi-Power.
Faivre loads a new magazine into his sidearm.
A Gendarmerie fires his Hi-Power.
Colonel Faivre fires his Browning Hi-Power.

Colt M1911A1

Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) and Ali (Assaad Bouab) use the Colt M1911A1.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Ali (Assaad Bouab) fires a Colt M1911A1 at a truck driver.
Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) holds his M1911A1 on Colonel Faivre.
Messaoud fires his .45 at the Gendarmerie.
Messaoud's sidearm is illuminated by the burning car. Note that slide has drawn back, meaning the magazine has expended.

MAB Model D Type II

A French Gendarmerie uses the MAB Model D Type II during the Sétif massacre.

MAB Model D Type II - .32 ACP
A Gendarmerie draws his MAB Model D Type II.
The Gendarmerie fires his MAB Model D.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

The French police inspector that Abdelkadar assassinates is armed with an three inch barrel Smith & Wesson Model 10 in a shoulder holster. After he is killed, Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) takes it and uses it during the escape.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 with three inch barrel - .38 Special
The Smith & Wesson Model 10 can be seen in a shoulder holster.
Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) fires the S & W.

Walther P38

Saïd (Jamel Debbouze) carries a Walther P38. This might be a nod to his role in Days of Glory, where his character also carried a P38.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
Saïd (Jamel Debbouze) fires a Walther P38 at the Gendarmerie.

Walther PPK

Abdelkadar (Sami Bouajila) uses a Walther PPK to kill a French police inspector.

Walther PPK - .32 ACP
Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) shows the Walther PPK to Abdelkadar (Sami Bouajila).
Abdelkadar (Sami Bouajila) with the PPK.

Submachine Guns

M1A1 Thompson

FLN guerrillas use the M1A1 Thompson.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
The FLN guerrilla on the left fires an M1A1 Thompson.
An FLN guerrilla with a Thompson.


French Gendarmerie and FLN guerrillas use the MAT-49.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
French police guards armed with the MAT-49.
A French policeman covers Abdelkadar with the MAT-49.
An FLN guerrilla fires a MAT-49 at a convoy of Harki's.
A Gendarmerie fires a MAT-49 at the FLN.


FLN guerrillas, including Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) use the MP40 during a firefight with the Gendarmerie.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Ali (Assaad Bouab) shoots up the police station with an MP40.
Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) pulls the charging handle of an MP40...
...and dry fires it.
An FLN guerrilla on watch with the MP40.
An FLN guerrilla fires an MP40 at the Gendarmerie.
Messaoud fires an MP40.


Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) uses the PPS-43 when the FLN ambush a convoy of Harki's.

PPS-43 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Messaoud (Roschdy Zem) fires a PPS-43 at the Harki convoy.
Messaoud tells the guerrillas to cease firing. He has the expended magazine in his hand.

Sten Mk II

FLN guerrillas use the Sten Mk II.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
FLN guerrillas fire the Sten Mk II.
A Sten gun can be see amongst the pile of arms.


12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

French shopkeepers in Algeria shoot at protesters with the 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge
A French shopkeeper and his son fire 12 Gauge Doubled Barreled Shotguns at Algerian demonstrators in Sétif. Note that the father is starting to reload.
A French shopkeeper fires his 12 Gauge.
One of the protestors turns a shotgun against it's user.
A shopkeeper fires his shotgun.


Fusil Modèle 1916 Carabine

A French shopkeeper shoots at demonstrators with a Fusil Modèle 1916 Carabine. French riot police carry them at the end of the movie.

Fusil Modèle 1916 Carabine - 8 x 50R mm
A French shopkeeper fires a Fusil Modèle 1916 Carabine.
The shopkeeper aims his rifle.
A French riot policeman with a Fusil Carabine.
A riot policeman fires his Berthier.


French Army troops and Algerian Gendarmerie are armed with the MAS-36 rifle.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
A Gendarmerie runs into position with his MAS-36.
Gendarmerie prepare their rifles.
The Gendarmerie open up on demonstrators with the MAS-36.
French soldiers distribute MAS-36 rifles to French civilians.
A firing squad in action as French soldiers run by with MAS-36 rifles.
A French soldier prepares to search an Algerian house.
French soldiers round up civilians.
French paratroopers armed with MAS-36 rifles board a troop transport bound for Dien Bien Phu.

Norinco Type 56

Vietminh troops are armed with the Norinco Type 56. This is an error, as the Type 56 wasn't developed until after the battle of Dien Bien Phu, and because there is no evidence that the Vietminh used any AK pattern rifles during the Indochina wars.

Norinco Type 56 - 7.62x39mm
A Vietminh guard escorting French prisoners is armed with a Norinco Type 56.
A Vietminh guard with a Type 56.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

French soldiers use a jeep-mounted Browning M1919A4 during the Sétif massacre.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
A French soldier mans a Browning M1919A4 on a jeep mount.
The soldier opening up with the M1919A4.

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