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Le cercle rouge
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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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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)
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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:
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:And don't forget: All guilty.
Le Commissaire Mattei:Even policemen?
Le chef de la police:All men, Mr. Mattei
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38 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
The circle, 19 February 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

Not having seen this film in quite some time, we caught with it not long ago in the nicely transferred Criterion DVD. "Le cercle rouge" is a film that owes a lot to other movies, as it keeps reminding us about "Rififi", "The Asphalt Jungle", among others, because they all deal with capers that take center stage in the movie and reproduce it in great detail. Unfortunately, one knows that old adage that crime does not pay, and from the start, these men involved in it are doomed from the onset.

Jean-Pierre Melville was a director of few words. He didn't fill his pictures with a lot of dialog, as it's the case here. Yet, for not being "talky", they had a style of their own as proved with "Le Dolous", "Le Samurai", and his masterpiece, "Bob le flambeur", among others. Mr. Melville had a sense of style that comes across in everything he did. In this film, working with his cinematographer, Henri Decae, he takes us along for a ride through the streets of Paris that shows the vibrant city mainly at night and the bleak winter in France. The score is by Eric Demarsan that emphasizes a jazzy music that accompanies most of the action.

Although the film shows Alain Delon, as Corey, at the center of the action, it is however, the smart inspector Mattei who is the real hero of the movie. As played by the great Bourvil, he is a man that shows a lot of patience because he has figured from the beginning how to catch Vogel, and in the process he gets involved in the investigation of the jewel heist in which he knows the escaped man he is tailing looms large behind it. Bourvil gives an enormously satisfying performance as Mattei showing equal parts of determination and tenderness, as it's the case with the three cats he adores.

Alain Delon always responded with interesting performances his appearances in Mellville's pictures. In here he is Corey, the man who is first seen leaving prison and promising himself he won't go back, but he cannot pass a good thing when he decides to go ahead and participate in the robbery. His association with Vogel and Jansen, pays off in the way they get the job done, but it will also prove a mistake in the way they will not be able to dispose of the loot as the fence they have relied on has a change of heart.

Gian Maria Volonte and Yves Montand are seen as Vogel and Jansen, respectively. They were excellent actors who blend well in the action of the film. Both actors were at their best moment when they took the roles in the film and it shows. Mr. Montand has the more complex character to play as we witness him in his first moment in front of the camera as a man with many demons inside his head.

Jean-Pierre Mellville got wonderful results from his cast and crew in a film, that although feels a bit longer, but still succeeds in showing his style in one of the most memorable pictures from the director.

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