MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,515 this week

The Burglars (1971)
"Le casse" (original title)

PG  |   |  Crime, Thriller, Action  |  14 June 1972 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 1,136 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 5 critic

In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars plan an emerald heist from the home of a gem collector but the corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia is on their trail.

Director:

Writers:

(scenario), (scenario), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 21 Apr 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 21 Jan 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 30 Jul 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 23 Jun 2014
 
a list of 23 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Burglars" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Burglars (1971)

The Burglars (1971) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Burglars.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Commissaire Letellier and Inspector Moissac are tracking Minos, a serial killer whose victims are women.

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Denner, Adalberto Maria Merli
Cop or Hood (1979)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Georges Lautner
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Georges Géret, Jean-François Balmer
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Rocco and his female accomplice, Angèle hijack a truck from a trucking company in the Saharan desert. The head of the trucking company, Castigliano hires Rocco's friend, Hervé and a newly ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Lino Ventura, Reginald Kernan
Scoumoune (1972)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Episodic portrait of a criminal, from 1934 until after the war. Roberto Borgo is tough, cool, sardonic, loyal, and deadly. He comes to Marseilles to help his friend Xavier Saratov get out ... See full summary »

Director: José Giovanni
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Michel Constantin
Mother (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

At the beginning of the 20th century there was a genocide where about 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Turkish. This is a movie about the life of a simple Armenian family who became... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Omar Sharif, Nathalie Roussel
Green Ice (1981)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A down on his luck engineer gets involved in an adventure with a mysterious woman and an emerald magnate.

Director: Ernest Day
Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Anne Archer, Omar Sharif
Genghis Khan (1965)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

During the 13th century the shy Mongol boy Temujin becomes the fearless leader Genghis Khan who unites all Mongol tribes and conquers most of Asia, Europe and the Middle-East.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Stephen Boyd, Omar Sharif, James Mason
Ayoub (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Hany Lasheen
Stars: Athar El-Hakim, Fouad El-Mohandes, Omar Sharif
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Ottavio Fabbri
Stars: Omar Sharif, Lea Massari, Florence Guérin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: El Sayed Bedeir
Stars: Omar Sharif
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This story begins in 1870 at a little town somewhere in Russia. It processed the real "Nyecsajev story". A group of young revolutionists wanna ruin the system with violence. They think this... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jutta Lampe, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Toshio Masuda
Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Omar Sharif, Hiroki Matsukata
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Azad
...
Abel Zacharia
...
Lena Gripp's
Robert Hossein ...
Ralph
Nicole Calfan ...
Hélène
Myriam Feune de Colombi ...
Isabelle Tasco (as Myriam Colombi)
Raoul Delfosse ...
Le gardien de la villa Tasco
José Luis de Vilallonga ...
Tasco
...
Renzi
Edit

Storyline

In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars led by Azad plan a daring burglary. The victim is the rich gem merchant Mister Tasco. The treasure to be plundered is Mister Tasco's sumptuous emerald collection. The break-in team neutralize the villa's guard, enter the premises and locate the safe. Their sophisticated safe-cracking tools allow the burglars to break the safe open and steal the emeralds. During the caper a lone Greek policeman notices the burglars' car parked outside the Tasco residence and becomes suspicious. When Azad pretends to tinker with the getaway car's engine the Greek cop pretends he believes him. In fact, the Greek Police inspector Abel Zacharia suspects a burglary is taking place but decides to play along in order to allow the burglars to complete their mission. However, the corrupt Greek cop intends to arrest the criminals later and to steal the emeralds for himself. A cat and mouse chase ensues. Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Action

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

14 June 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Burglars  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

SEK 840,121 (Sweden)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was shot in two languages (French and English) with the same cast. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Belmondo versus Shariff in a thrilling film plenty of action , intrigue and car races
26 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

¨The burglars¨ is a good French movie about hold-up with top-notch actors . Azad (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a delinquent who along with a motley group (Robert Hossein , Renato Salvatori and his girlfriend played by Nicole Calfan) plans a robbing . Azad pretends the perfect robbery recruiting his expert accomplices but a Police Inspector named Amed Zacharia (Omar Shariff) tracks down on them . The hold-up is carefully schemed on the Tasco(Jose Luis Villalonga)'s home .The morning after newspapers publicize ¨Tasco robbed of 1.000.000 in emeralds¨. Meanwhile Azad falls in love with a gorgeous woman (Dyan Cannon). But the bad luck and the corrupt Zacharia does the crime gone awry.

This heist movie packs thrills, emotion, exciting burglary, extraordinary performances , spectacular car chases, and a moving finale . Sensational acting by two big star names, Jean Paul Belmondo and Omar Shariff. Belmondo steals the show , as he runs , bound and leaps ; such as Jackie Chan , he jumps over buses , cars and makes his own stunts . Strong secondary cast as Robert Hossein , Renato Salvatori , Jose Luis Villalonga , among others. Interesting and thrilling screenplay based on a novel by David Goodis , whose books have been frequently adapted on cinema as ¨Street of no return, Shoot the piano player and Dark passage¨ . Atmospheric cinematography by Claude Renoir , though is necessary an urgent remastering . Nice musical score with catching leitmotif composed by the maestro Ennio Morricone and conducted by Bruno Nicolai.

The picture is professionally directed by Henry Verneuil, a Turkish director working in France from the 40s. Although not a director of great reputation among the critics, his movies have almost all been aimed squarely at the commercial market. Verneuil is an expert on heist-genre such as he proved in ¨The Sicilians clan(68)¨ and ¨Melodie in soul soul¨, both of them with with Jean Gabin and Alain Delon, furthermore on Warlike genre : ¨Weekend at Dunkirk¨and ¨The 25th hour¨and even directed one Western : Guns of San Sebastian(68)¨. He seemed to have dropped out of the film-making after 1976, but in 1981 unexpectedly reappeared with yet another of his caper film : ¨Thousand millions of dollars¨. Rating : Acceptable and passable, a must see for French cinema lovers and Belmond and Shariff fans.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where to find a DVD ? ... teolein
Cant find a copy to watch? valbowski-1
opera singer in the movie? simonsez9
TCM just played this elliotjames2
Amazing stunt work Slime-3
Discuss The Burglars (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?