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Le Doulos (1963)

Le doulos (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 2 March 1964 (USA)
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A burglar betraying other criminals, prepares for a big heist with a trusted friend that might be as untrustworthy as he.

Writers:

Pierre Lesou (based on the novel by), Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Silien
Serge Reggiani ... Maurice Faugel
Jean Desailly ... Le commissaire Clain
René Lefèvre ... Gilbert Varnove (as René Lefevre)
Marcel Cuvelier Marcel Cuvelier ... Un inspecteur
Philippe March Philippe March ... Jean (as Aimé De March)
Fabienne Dali ... Fabienne
Monique Hennessy Monique Hennessy ... Thérèse
Carl Studer Carl Studer ... Kern
Christian Lude Christian Lude ... Le docteur
Jacques De Leon Jacques De Leon ... Armand
Jacques Léonard Jacques Léonard ... Un inspecteur (as Jack Leonard)
Paulette Breil Paulette Breil ... Anita
Philippe Nahon ... Remy
Charles Bayard Charles Bayard ... Le vieil homme
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Storyline

Burglar Maurice Faugel has just finished his sentence. He murders Gilbert Vanovre, a receiver, and steals the loot of a break-in. He is also preparing a house-breaking, and his friend Silien brings him the needed equipment. But Silien is a police informer ... A movie whose "all characters are two-faced, all characters are false", according to director Jean-Pierre Melville. Written by Yepok

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Untamed women would do anything for him...and did! See more »

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doulos: The Finger Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,362, 1 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$82,772, 6 January 2008
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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When the first murder takes place, a lamp on a long cord is knocked from a table. In the next shot, it's swinging in a different direction than it did when it fell, and much more vigorously than it would have been possible. See more »

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Version of I parexigisi (1983) See more »

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confusing, but stick with it
14 November 2010 | by Michael NeumannSee all my reviews

Trust no one in this convoluted French New Wave thriller, which (on its surface) seems to concern an ex-con who suspects a former partner of duplicity. Every character in the film is looking to double-cross someone, but in the end only the audience is successfully hoodwinked, fooled into attempting to unravel a confusing tangle of unexplained and seemingly unmotivated events, before the jigsaw scenario is cleverly assembled in retrospect. It takes a certain mental alacrity to keep pace with who is plotting what to whom (and why), but the wide-awake will be rewarded with a satisfying solution, although perhaps the final scenes take advantage of one irony too many. Without its complex narrative structure the film would be a more or less straightforward plagiarism of American B-movie crime drama conventions, proving yet again how a skillful imitation can make even the most familiar material fresh again.


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