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Le cercle rouge
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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:
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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One of my new favorite heist pictures: a smooth success for Melville and his cast 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

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Trivia:
Director Jean-Pierre Melville's green Ford Mustang can be seen in the line of cars at Corey's (Alain Delon) first border crossing.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:And don't forget: All guilty.
Le Commissaire Mattei:Even policemen?
Le chef de la police:All men, Mr. Mattei
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
One of my new favorite heist pictures: a smooth success for Melville and his cast, 14 January 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Jean-Pierre Melville is a director I've only recently gotten acquainted with (I need to see Bob le Flambeur and Le Samourai again to fully grasp them), but in watching Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle, supposedly based on a saying in Buddhism) I realized I was watching as skillful and absorbing a crime film as I had seen in a quite some time. Though his film has dialog, it is mainly to keep the film's scenes rolling along, adherent to the plot. What kept me on the alert, even in seemingly mundane scenes/sequences, was the emphasis on the characters' movements, or behavior patterns. Melville has his story laid out, and he is careful to take his time to tell it (this could seem boring to some, but it does seem to work since he puts a little more emphasis on the weight of the characters/environments over plot).

Yet look at each of the four main players: Alain Deleon as Corey (just released from prison, scheming a new heist), Gian Maria Volonte as Vogel (escaping & on the lam from hand-cuffed custody, meets Corey by luck), Yves Montand as Jansen (an aged pro with many years of experience with weapons, a friend of Vogel), and Andre Bourvil as Mattei (an experienced investigator, who is on the look-out for Vogel, and on his toes with internal affairs). Each of these actors plays their parts with precision, detachment, and they each have their own kinds of moments that indicate to the audience what their personalities might be besides as criminals and cops. The heist sequence gives little hints, for example, like how Vogel cops-a-feel off a female statue while passing down the halls, or how Jansen takes out a flask and merely has a whiff of the contents (and what a dream this guy creates). Even Corey's movements involving a photograph of a woman arouse interest.

As absorbing and cool the story becomes, and as great the skills were to make it happen (via cinematographer Henri Decae, the editing, and the musical score by Eric Demarsan), it's the people on the screen that gain fascination, in how they stay true to their natures and ideals. Not a film to be missed by French new-wave enthusiasts, and modern-day crime movie buffs might want to take the 140 minutes to soak up the atmosphere of Melville's work. A suave piece of film-making that still ranks as one of my all-time favorites.

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