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Release Date:
20 October 1970 (France) See more »
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The Red Circle is a powerful in-depth study of the French Underworld See more »
Plot:
Corey is a cool, aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel, a murderer, escapes from the custody of the patient Mattei... See more » | Add synopsis »
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While "Le Samourai" had one great lead performance, this has four See more (45 total) »

Cast

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Alain Delon ... Corey
Bourvil ... Le Commissaire Mattei (as André Bourvil)

Gian Maria Volonté ... Vogel (as Gian-Maria Volonte)

Yves Montand ... Jansen

Paul Crauchet ... Le Receleur
Paul Amiot ... L'inspecteur général de la police
Pierre Collet ... Le Gardien de prison
André Ekyan ... Rico
Jean-Pierre Posier ... L'assistant de Mattei
François Périer ... Santi (as François Perier)
Yves Arcanel ... Le juge d'instruction
René Berthier ... Le directeur de la P.J.
Jean-Marc Boris ... Le fils Santi
Jean Champion ... Le garde-barrière
Yvan Chiffre ... Un policier
Anna Douking ... L'ancienne amie de Corey (as Ana Douking)
Robert Favart ... Le vendeur chez Mauboussin
Roger Fradet ... Un policier
Édouard Francomme ... Le gardien du billard (as Edouard Francomme)
Jean Franval ... Le tenancier d'hotel
Jacques Galland ... Le chef de train
Jean-Pierre Janic ... Paul, l'homme de Rico
Pierre Lecomte ... L'adjoint de l'I.G.S.
Jacques Léonard ... Un policier
Jacques Leroy ... Un policier
Jean Pignol ... L'employé du greffe
Robert Rondo ... Un policier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphanie Fugain ... La vendeuse de cigarettes (uncredited)
Guy Henry ... Un garde (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Pierre Melville 

Produced by
Robert Dorfmann .... producer
Jacques Dorfmann .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Éric Demarsan  (as Eric De Marsan)
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë  (as Henri Decae)
 
Film Editing by
Marie-Sophie Dubus 
Jean-Pierre Melville (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Théobald Meurisse  (as Théo Meurisse)
 
Set Decoration by
Pierre Charron 
 
Production Management
Alain Quefféléan .... production manager (as A. Queffeléan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Girardot .... assistant director
Michel Léonard .... trainee assistant director
Bernard Stora .... first assistant director (as B. Stora)
Pierre Tati .... assistant director
 
Art Department
René Albouze .... property master
Marc Desages .... first assistant decorator
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound engineer
Guy Chichignoud .... sound recordist
Jean Nény .... sound director (as Jean Neny)
Victor Revelli .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Cornu .... second assistant camera
François Lauliac .... first assistant camera
Charles-Henri Montel .... camera operator (as Charles-Henry Montel)
André Perlstein .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colette Baudot .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Christine Grenet .... assistant editor (as C. Grenet)
Claudine Kaufmann .... trainee assistant editor
Elizabeth Sarradin .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Gérard Crosnier .... general manager (as G. Crosnier)
Rene Llonguet .... jewellery
Jacqueline Parey .... script girl (as J. Parey)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le cercle rouge" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
140 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-15 (restored version, 2002) | France:U | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Director Jean-Pierre Melville's green Ford Mustang can be seen in the line of cars at the Corey's ('Alain Delon') first border crossing.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: There's a cut as Commissaire Mattei turns on the lamp in his apartment. The cat beside the green chair disappears and the cat in it switches from facing sideways to facing the camera.See more »
Quotes:
Vogel:Between shooting two men six feet away and hitting a target at 100 feet there's a certain difference. It's the difference between an amateur and a professional. And, despite all appearances, I'm not professional.See more »
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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
While "Le Samourai" had one great lead performance, this has four, 24 December 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

While its not the masterpiece that "Le Samourai" was (I've accepted by now that Jean-Pierre Melville was never able to top that classic), I find "Le Cercle Rouge" to be much better than "Bob le flambeur". I felt that "Bob le flambeur" was an above-average and influential b-film, but still a b-film. "Le Cercle Rouge" proves that as a filmmaker Melville improved as he continued. John Woo is a massive fan of Melville, even though their film-making style differs. While Woo uses fast-motion for shootouts and an operatic sense of violence, Melville has a minimalist style that suits him very well. He wasn't interested in creating quickly paced action films but more meditative crime thrillers. In that department, he was one of the best.

"Le Samourai" is still his best work, mainly because it has more character development than this, but on a technical level they're probably equal. Besides, while "Le Samourai" had one great lead performance, this has four. Alain Delon is once again an ultra-cool gangster on the prowl - this man's silence is fascinating. Bourvil is superb as the police inspector on the case of the heist and escaped con. He steals every scene he is in, and proves that he was a skilled dramatic actor (in France he is best known as a slapstick comedian in the mode of Buster Keaton). Yves Montand is great also as the shaky and paranoid gun expert. Gian Maria Volontè (a regular in spaghetti westerns) is overshadowed by his three co-stars but still does an adequate job.

Once again, Melville's direction is superb. Taking equal influence from both American crime thrillers and the French new wave, the man always seems to know the best shots and angles to choose. This is more slowly-paced than most caper flicks, but it really pays off by the end. "Le Cercle Rouge" is a bit short of being an absolute classic, but is still one of the best heist flicks ever made. Tarantino must've seen this before making "Reservoir Dogs". (8/10)

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