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The Burglars (1971)

Le casse (original title)
In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars plan an emerald heist from the home of a gem collector but the corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia is on their trail.

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

Henri Verneuil (scenario), Vahé Katcha (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Azad
Omar Sharif ... Abel Zacharia
Dyan Cannon ... Lena Gripp's
Robert Hossein ... Ralph
Nicole Calfan ... Hélène
Myriam Feune de Colombi Myriam Feune de Colombi ... Isabelle Tasco (as Myriam Colombi)
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Le gardien de la villa Tasco
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Tasco
Renato Salvatori ... Renzi
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Storyline

In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars led by Azad plan a daring burglary. The victim is the rich gem merchant Mister Tasco. The treasure to be plundered is Mister Tasco's sumptuous emerald collection. The break-in team neutralize the villa's guard, enter the premises and locate the safe. Their sophisticated safe-cracking tools allow the burglars to break the safe open and steal the emeralds. During the caper a lone Greek policeman notices the burglars' car parked outside the Tasco residence and becomes suspicious. When Azad pretends to tinker with the getaway car's engine the Greek cop pretends he believes him. In fact, the Greek Police inspector Abel Zacharia suspects a burglary is taking place but decides to play along in order to allow the burglars to complete their mission. However, the corrupt Greek cop intends to arrest the criminals later and to steal the emeralds for himself. A cat and mouse chase ensues. Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

Catch the burglars !

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Action

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burglars See more »

Filming Locations:

Corfu Island, Greece See more »

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Budget:

FRF 15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the English version of this movie, the scene when Jean-Paul Belmondo speaks into the loudspeaker calling for Ellain, he can be heard speaking French, English, Italian and Spanish. This scene was not included in the French version, however. See more »

Goofs

Right after the burglars spot Abel Zacharia following them, they stop to separate. But Abel Zacharia stops his car before the burglars do, showing that it was a prearranged stopping point that he mistakenly reached before them, which was necessary because of the camera angle and the particular way Abel Zacharia's car was framed through some shipyard materials. See more »

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One of the best Belmondo's
20 February 2002 | by corboSee all my reviews

Brilliant acting, good, classic plot, fantastic score from, once again, Ennio Morricone, the best car chase ever... (Remy Julienne, of course) Belmondo is at his best, Sharif is a superb baddy, and they fight each other with skills, brains, guts and muscles. They don't make breathtaking suspense like this anymore. Well, Sharif is really... how to say? impressive? ghastly? Hum, how do you say "malsain" in english? This one is a classic. Check it out. And "l'Homme de Rio" as well.


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