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Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Le cercle rouge (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 October 1970 (France)
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

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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$372,229, 14 September 2003
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The heist sequence lasts for exactly 27 minutes and features no dialogue at all. See more »

Goofs

There's a cut as Commissaire Mattei turns on the lamp in his apartment. The cat beside the green chair disappears and the cat in it switches from facing sideways to facing the camera. 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

References Rififi (1955) See more »

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A return to silent majesty?
24 April 2006 | by Polaris_DiBSee all my reviews

Everyone likes the coolly created, memorable heist movie. Alain Delon provides the antihero, Melville provides the cool, and a handful of other great talent (Yves Montand, Gian Maria Volonte, and Andre Bourvil, mostly) arrives to add a crisp engaging movie...

...with very little dialog. This is great, because one certain aspect of the genre tends to be a lot of dialog involving the quick-witted and their various repartees. This movie, however, could be watched with the sound completely off and not too terribly much would be missed. Not to say the sound is bad, oh no, the jazzy soundtrack and the crisp audio catching the little movements makes the slow, patient deliberation of the patients very compelling.

What's also really neat about this film is that the color cinematography is pretty fantastic. Usually when it comes to cinematography, black and white movies tend to stick out in my mind, but this film has some very strong and beautiful imagery that makes the movie pure visual pleasure to observe.

--PolarisDiB


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