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Le Doulos (1963)

Le doulos (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 2 March 1964 (USA)
A burglar betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he.

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Gilbert Varnove (as René Lefevre)
Marcel Cuvelier ...
Un inspecteur
Philippe March ...
Jean (as Aimé De March)
Fabienne Dali ...
Fabienne
Monique Hennessy ...
Carl Studer ...
Kern
Christian Lude ...
Le docteur
Jacques De Leon ...
Jacques Léonard ...
Un inspecteur (as Jack Leonard)
Paulette Breil ...
Anita
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Remy
Charles Bayard ...
Le vieil homme
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Storyline

Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in. He is also preparing a house-breaking, and his friend Silien brings him the needed equipment. But Silien is a police informer ... A movie whose "all characters are two-faced, all characters are false", according to director Jean-Pierre Melville. Written by Yepok

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2 March 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doulos: The Finger Man  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,362, 1 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,772, 6 January 2008
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1.66 : 1
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Martin Scorsese's favorite gangster movie. See more »

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When Fougel frantically drives in heavy rain to Silien's home, exterior shots of the car show the rain running straight down the door and window, instead of flowing backwards with the wind. See more »

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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.50 (1962) See more »

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Another masterpiece from Melville
16 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Another tale of dishonor among thieves and another masterpiece from Jean- Pierre Melville but this one's a little more complicated than most. "Le Doulos" is slang for a hat but in criminal circles it also means a police informer. The informer here is Jean-Paul Belmondo and he seems to be playing one side against the other, police and crooks, but to what end? The movie is tortuously plotted until it's all very neatly and beautifully tied up at the end and it pays homage, not just to the great Hollywood gangster movies, but to such classically poetic French films of the thirties such as "Le Jour se Leve" and "Les Quai Des Brumes". Belmondo is, of course, magnificent and SergeReggiani is suitably fatalistic as the gangster who sets everything in motion. An absolutely essential movie.


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