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Le Doulos (1963)

Le doulos (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 2 March 1964 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Le commissaire Clain
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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 ...
Thérèse
Carl Studer ...
Kern
Christian Lude ...
Le docteur
Jacques De Leon ...
Armand
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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Crime | Thriller

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Release Date:

2 March 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doulos: The Finger Man  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,362 (USA) (29 June 2007)

Gross:

$82,772 (USA) (4 January 2008)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Favorite storyline of Quentin Tarantino. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Nel cuore della notte (2002) See more »

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Melville, Master of the Crime Movie
23 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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...

American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino cited the screenplay for "Le Doulos" as being his personal favorite and being a large influence on his debut picture "Reservoir Dogs". This does not surprise me in the least. Melville really picked up the mantle of noir that the Americans had done in the 1930s and 40s, and then apparently just gave up on. Luckily, he did it right and influenced one of the greatest crime films of the 1990s.

What I love about Melville more than the story-telling or characters is actually the use of color. Just so crisp, with every shot capturing this gritty world as it should be.


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