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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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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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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Martin Scorsese's favorite gangster movie. See more »

Goofs

When Fougel frantically drives in heavy rain to Silien's home, exterior shots of the car show the rain running straight down the door and window, instead of flowing backwards with the wind. See more »

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Version of I parexigisi (1983) See more »

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Plot twists extraordinaire
23 September 1998 | by SMK-4See all my reviews

Le Doulos is not as well-known as Melville's later colour pictures, but very much undeservedly so. Gangster films rarely manage to surprise their audience with the plot (unless they sacrifice logic as so often in Raymond Chandler's stories), but here we have an exception. This one is entirely logical and entirely surprising; an extraordinary gangster story of trust, betrayal and code of honour. It is impossible to correctly guess the outcome even when you are through 2/3 of the film.

Highly recommended.


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