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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Corey
Bourvil ... Le Commissaire Mattei (as André Bourvil)
Gian Maria Volontè ... Vogel (as Gian-Maria Volonte)
Yves Montand ... Jansen
Paul Crauchet ... Le Receleur
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... L'inspecteur général de la police
Pierre Collet Pierre Collet ... Le Gardien de prison
André Ekyan André Ekyan ... Rico
Jean-Pierre Posier Jean-Pierre Posier ... L'assistant de Mattei
François Périer ... Santi (as François Perier)
Yves Arcanel Yves Arcanel ... Le juge d'instruction
René Berthier René Berthier ... Le directeur de la P.J.
Jean-Marc Boris Jean-Marc Boris ... Le fils Santi
Jean Champion Jean Champion ... Le garde-barrière
Yvan Chiffre Yvan Chiffre ... Un policier
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Storyline

On the eve of his release after five years imprisoned, the thief Corey is contacted by one guard of the prison that offers him a jewelry heist. However Corey seeks out his former boss Rico and steals money from him. Rico sends two gangsters to hunt Corey down and retrieve the stolen amount. Meanwhile the criminal Vogel is transported by train by the Police Officer Mattei and succeeds to escape. Corey drives from Marseille to Paris and Vogel hides in the trunk of his car. Corey finds him but does not object to ride Vogel to Paris hidden in the trunk. When the gangsters sent by Rico cut in Corey's car, Vogel saves him from the criminals, but Corey loses the money. Without money, Corey decides to heist the jewelry with Vogel and invites the former police detective Jansen to team-up with them. The trio executes a perfect heist but Rico is seeking revenge and Mattei is an unethical but efficient police officer capable to use any means to resolve the case. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Red Circle is a powerful in-depth study of the French Underworld See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The pool game that Alain Delon's character Corey plays is carambole. See more »

Goofs

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: All men are guilty. They're born innocent, but it doesn't last.
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Crazy Credits

The movie's Opening Credits include an epigraph: "Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, drew a circle with a piece of red chalk and said: 'When men, even unknowingly, are to meet one day, whatever may befall each, whatever the diverging paths, on the said day, they will inevitably come together in the red circle.'" This quote explains the title of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The uncut version (released on Criterion disc) runs 140 minutes. When the film appeared in the U.S. in the 1970s, it ran somewhere in the neighborhood of 90 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Code Name: Melville (2008) See more »

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As Good As It Gets
28 July 2003 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

This is only the second film I've checked out on IMDB and both have had negative user comments. In this case the person contributing comments was a tad chauvinistic and appeared to be strongly biased against French movies. I am English and can't get enough of French movies,but I also can't get enough of GOOD movies, be they English, American, French, Italian, whatever. Whichever way you slice it Le Cercle Rouge is a masterpiece, shot by a director at, as the cliche has it, the height of his powers. Cool, stylish, slick, professional,call it what you will, it's a winner. Everyone is on top of their game,not least Bourvil in a rare attempt at straight acting - he is best known as a zany comic in a series of box office smashes that don't translate well into English. The Melville schtick, a set-piece, is a doozy this time around, a jewellery heist on the Place Vendome, carried out in total silence in a nod to Rififfi and if anything surpassing it. The sombre,muted tones, embody the sense of cool and also the melancholy that informs the film making anything other than a downbeat ending unthinkable. Like the man said, if you only see one movie this year make it this one.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 October 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Cercle Rouge See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,843, 12 January 2003

Gross USA:

$369,970

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$408,916
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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