Le Cercle Rouge ()

Le cercle rouge (original title)
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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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Le Commissaire Mattei (as André Bourvil)
Vogel (as Gian-Maria Volonte)
Le Receleur
Paul Amiot ...
L'inspecteur général de la police
Pierre Collet ...
Le Gardien de prison
André Ekyan ...
Jean-Pierre Posier ...
L'assistant de Mattei
Santi (as François Perier)
Yves Arcanel ...
Le juge d'instruction
René Berthier ...
Le directeur de la P.J.
Jean-Marc Boris ...
Le fils Santi
Jean Champion ...
Le garde-barrière
Yvan Chiffre ...
Un policier
Anna Douking ...
L'ancienne amie de Corey (as Ana Douking)
Robert Favart ...
Le vendeur chez Mauboussin
Roger Fradet ...
Un policier
Édouard Francomme ...
Le gardien du billard (as Edouard Francomme)
Jean Franval ...
Le tenancier d'hotel
Jacques Galland ...
Le chef de train
Jean-Pierre Janic ...
Paul - l'homme de Rico
Pierre Lecomte ...
L'adjoint de l'I.G.S.
Jacques Léonard ...
Un policier
Jacques Leroy ...
Un policier
Jean Pignol ...
L'employé du greffe
Robert Rondo ...
Un policier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stéphanie Fugain ...
La vendeuse de cigarettes (uncredited)
Guy Henry ...
Un garde (uncredited)

Directed by

Jean-Pierre Melville

Written by

Jean-Pierre Melville ... ()

Produced by

Robert Dorfmann ... producer
Jacques Dorfmann ... line producer (uncredited)

Music by

Éric Demarsan ... (as Eric De Marsan)

Cinematography by

Henri Decaë ... director of photography (as Henri Decae)

Film Editing by

Marie-Sophie Dubus
Jean-Pierre Melville ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

Christine Grenet ... assistant editor (as C. Grenet)
Claudine Kaufmann ... trainee assistant editor
Elizabeth Sarradin ... assistant editor

Production Design by

Théobald Meurisse ... (as Théo Meurisse)

Set Decoration by

Pierre Charron

Production Management

Alain Quefféléan ... production manager (as A. Queffeléan)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Bernard Girardot ... assistant director
Michel Léonard ... trainee assistant director
Bernard Stora ... first assistant director (as B. Stora)
Pierre Tati ... assistant director

Art Department

René Albouze ... property master
Marc Desages ... first assistant decorator

Sound Department

Jacques Carrère ... sound engineer
Guy Chichignoud ... sound recordist
Jean Nény ... sound director (as Jean Neny)
Victor Revelli ... boom operator

Camera and Electrical Department

Jean-Paul Cornu ... second assistant camera
François Lauliac ... first assistant camera
Charles-Henri Montel ... camera operator (as Charles-Henry Montel)
André Perlstein ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Colette Baudot ... wardrobe

Music Department

Georges Arvanitas ... musician (uncredited) (piano)
Éric Demarsan ... conductor (uncredited)
Claude Ermelin ... music engineer (uncredited)
Raymond Guiot ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Daniel Humair ... musician: drums (uncredited)

Other crew

Gérard Crosnier ... general manager (as G. Crosnier)
Rene Llonguet ... jewellery
Jacqueline Parey ... script girl (as J. Parey)
Serge Sauvion ... voice dubbing: Gian Maria Volontè (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • I senza nome (Italy)
  • Le Cercle Rouge (World-wide, English title)
  • The Red Circle (World-wide, English title)
  • Le Cercle Rouge (United States)
  • Le Cercle Rouge (United Kingdom)
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  • 140 min
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Trivia The heist sequence lasts for exactly 27 minutes and features no dialogue at all. See more »
Goofs When Corey gets out of his car and walks to the trunk, the direction of the falling rain changes. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Code Name: Melville (2008). See more »
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 »
Quotes Le chef de la police: All men are guilty. They're born innocent, but it doesn't last.
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