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Le cercle rouge
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Release Date:
20 October 1970 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
The Red Circle is a powerful in-depth study of the French Underworld See more »
Plot:
After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Woo, please, change your mind. See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
"Le Cercle Rouge" - International (English title) (alternative title), UK (alternative title), USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
140 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jean-Pierre Melville said he originally wrote a version of the jewel heist scene in 1950, but after The Asphalt Jungle (1950) (and, later, Rififi (1955)) came out, he shelved the idea until 1970.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Corey gets out of his car and walks to the trunk, the direction of the falling rain changes.See more »
Quotes:
Le chef de la police:All men are guilty. They're born innocent, but it doesn't last.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Lost Weekend (1945)See more »

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28 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
John Woo, please, change your mind., 4 April 2005
Author: Rodion_Raskolnikov from Russia.

I decided to write a comment on this amazing movie because here on IMDb it is cited that John Woo, a mediocre director who made some decent films back in his pre-American years but totally ruined his reputation by his latest, made in US films, plans to remake it. Well, here are a couple of reasons why it is one of the stupidest ideas for a remake ever: The plot of the film is simple and even clichéd by today's standards, but what makes the film a masterpiece is acting by the four leads, unique direction by Mellville, cinematography, music and its style. There is no way any director today can make such film, it is impossible to create such an atmosphere in a movie in today's Box-office targeted movie business.

John Woo did make a more or less decent film which borrowed from Melville's Le Samourai - The Killer, but remember, it was made when the director was not spoiled by big budgets and expensive (in salaries) but cheap (in acting merits) actors. So what I'm saying is that this is one of the greatest films ever made, together with another film by Melville - Le Samourai. Watch it. And even if the remake will be made, try to avoid it before seeing the great original first.

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