Le Cercle Rouge
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Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Le Cercle Rouge
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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
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Genres:Drama, Thriller, Crime
Production Company:Les Films Corona, Euro International Film (EIA), Selenia Cinematografica
Production Countries:France, Italy
Director:Jean-Pierre Melville
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Plot Keywords:paris, prison, corruption, pimp, nudity, police, thief, heist, escape, gang, murderer, crime, custody, jewel, aristocratic
  • As Good As It Gets
    July 28, 2003
    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.