Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge

Le Cercle Rouge

Classic French crime film from 1970, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, perhaps best known for its final heist sequence which is about half an hour in length.

Master thief Corey (Delon) is fresh out of prison. But instead of toeing the line of law-abiding freedom, he finds himself back in the shadowy world of crime, crossing paths with a notorious escapee (Gian Maria Volonté) and alcoholic ex-cop (Montand). As the unlikely trio plot a heist against impossible odds, they are pursued by a relentless inspector (Bourvil), and fate seals their destinies.

1970Rating: PG, Contains violence140 minsFrance, ItalyFrench and Italian with English subtitles
CrimeDramaThrillerWorld Cinema
Director:
Jean-Pierre Melville ('Le samouraï', 'Le deuxième souffle', 'Les enfants terribles', 'Le silence de la Mer')
Writer:
Jean-Pierre Melville
Cast:
Alain DelonYves MontandBourvilPaul CrauchetGian Maria VolontéPaul Amiot

Le Cercle Rouge / Reviews

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A classic cornerstone of the heist genre from a master of the nouvelle vague.

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Time Out

Time Out

Melville's special achievement was to relocate the American gangster film in France, and to incorporate his own steely poetic and philosophical obsessions.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Jean-Pierre Melville's terrifically enjoyable noir classic looks even cooler with this reissue.

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BBC

BBC

One can still savour Melville's leisurely storytelling, the skilfully pared-down visual style, and the calmly understated central performances.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Le Cercle Rouge offers the kind of experience that makes you glad movies exist.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A dazzling epic of love, guns, gangsters and cigarettes.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

There is one cool, understated scene after another.

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