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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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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,362, 1 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,772, 6 January 2008
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When the first murder takes place, a lamp on a long cord is knocked from a table. In the next shot, it's swinging in a different direction than it did when it fell, and much more vigorously than it would have been possible. See more »

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Plot twists extraordinaire
23 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Le Doulos is not as well-known as Melville's later colour pictures, but very much undeservedly so. Gangster films rarely manage to surprise their audience with the plot (unless they sacrifice logic as so often in Raymond Chandler's stories), but here we have an exception. This one is entirely logical and entirely surprising; an extraordinary gangster story of trust, betrayal and code of honour. It is impossible to correctly guess the outcome even when you are through 2/3 of the film.

Highly recommended.


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