A master thief, just released from prison finds himself in a three man heist with long odds of success and escape. Rich character development and plenty of tension to go around. This is a materpiece of crime film. Master thief Corey (Alain Delon) is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). As the unlikely trio plots a heist against impossible odds, their trail is pursued by a relentless inspector (André Bourvil), and fate begins to seal their destinies. Taking its title from Buddhist lore, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle rouge combines honorable anti-heroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.

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Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Unrated

Drama/Crime/Suspense/Thriller · 2h 20m · 10/20/1970

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A master thief, just released from prison finds himself in a three man heist with long odds of success and escape. Rich character development and plenty of tension to go around. This is a materpiece of crime film. Master thief Corey (Alain Delon) is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds his steps leading back to the shadowy world of crime, crossing paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic ex-cop (Yves Montand). As the unlikely trio plots a heist against impossible odds, their trail is pursued by a relentless inspector (André Bourvil), and fate begins to seal their destinies. Taking its title from Buddhist lore, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle rouge combines honorable anti-heroes, coolly atmospheric cinematography, and breathtaking set pieces to create a masterpiece of crime cinema.

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Status

Released

Language

French

Countries

France, Italy

Production Company

Comacico

Revenue

$471,766
Cast
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Alain Delon

Corey
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Bourvil

Le Commissaire Francois Mattei (as André Bourvil)
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Gian Maria Volontè

Vogel (as Gian-Maria Volonte)
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Yves Montand

Jansen
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Paul Crauchet

Le Receleur
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Paul Amiot

L'inspecteur général de la police
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Pierre Collet

Le Gardien de prison
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André Ekyan

Rico
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Jean-Pierre Posier

L'assistant de Mattei
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François Périer

Santi (as François Perier)
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Yves Arcanel

Le juge d'instruction
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René Berthier

Le directeur de la P.J.
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Jean-Marc Boris

Le fils Santi
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Jean Champion

Le garde-barrière
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Yvan Chiffre

Un policier
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Anna Douking

L'ancienne amie de Corey (as Ana Douking)
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Robert Favart

Le vendeur chez Mauboussin
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Roger Fradet

Un policier
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Édouard Francomme

Le gardien du billard (as Edouard Francomme)
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Jean Franval

Le tenancier d'hotel
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Jacques Galland

Le chef de train
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Jean-Pierre Janic

Paul - l'homme de Rico
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Pierre Lecomte

L'adjoint de l'I.G.S.
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Jacques Léonard

Un policier
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Jacques Leroy

Un policier
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Jean Pignol

L'employé du greffe
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Robert Rondo

Un policier
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Stéphanie Fugain

La vendeuse de cigarettes (uncredited)
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Guy Henry

Un garde (uncredited)
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Robert Marchetto

Plaincoth policeman (uncredited)
Crew
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Jean-Pierre Melville

Director
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Jean-Pierre Melville

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Le cercle rouge

(4K Ultra HD, Keep Case (HD, Low))

3/15/2022

$24.99 -$24.96 (50%)

Disc Title Front Cover

Le Cercle Rouge

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

4/12/2011

Disc Title Front Cover

Le Cercle Rouge

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

10/28/2003

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