Master thief Corey 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 those of a notorious escapee and alcoholic ex-cop. As the unlikely trio plots a heist against impossible odds, their trail is pursued by a relentless inspector, and fate seals their destinies.
|Release Date||:||October 19, 1970|
|Genres||:||Drama, Thriller, Crime|
|Production Company||:||Les Films Corona, Euro International Film (EIA), Selenia Cinematografica|
|Production Countries||:||France, Italy|
|Casts||:||Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté, Yves Montand, Paul Crauchet, André Ekyan, Paul Amiot, Pierre Collet, Jean-Pierre Posier, François Périer, Yves Arcanel, René Berthier, Jean-Marc Boris, Yvan Chiffre, Jean Champion, Anna Douking, Robert Favart, Roger Fradet|
|Plot Keywords||:||paris, prison, corruption, pimp, nudity, police, thief, heist, escape, gang, murderer, crime, custody, jewel, aristocratic|
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.