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Red Circle, The ( cercle rouge, Le ) (1970) Movie Information

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Jean-Pierre Melville


Alain Delon
Gian Maria Volontè
Yves Montand
Paul Crauchet
Paul Amiot





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An aristocratic just-paroled thief, an escaped murderer and an alcoholic ex-police sharpshooter form an unlikely trio bent on pulling off a daring jewel heist. Standing in their way is a vengeful mob boss, a persistent police superintendent. In this world, no on is innocent. -- Chris Kavan

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mitchellyoung 03/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is a heist story told without frills. Melville creates an intriguing cast of characters with differing goals and motives, but roots his characters in reality. We can believe that these characters can come together to pull off this heist (which they do, with brutal efficiency) and we don't need Hollywood special effects or flashy backstories to get drawn into their web of deception and plotting. The film's masterful heist scene is famous for its economy of dialogue and straightforward attention to detail, but, really, the whole film offers in a very observational manner - as if we are given a brief glimpse into these characters' lives.

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Chris Kavan 07/26/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is a magnificent crime/drama where the characters are just as important as the story itself. The pace is a bit slow, but you are awarded with outstanding cinematography, wonderful acting and unforgettable story. I wasn't sure what to expect, as crime is not my usual pick for movies, but I highly recommend this.

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GJ81 03/30/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Perhaps a little too slow, but nevertheless, for a crime drama, it sets a high standard. Its downbeat and never plays the sauve card like other crime films, instead it exists in its own little sinister world. Alain Delon is the quiet, brooding lead the film shadows. And it contains a great heist scene, shot in real time and with very little sound. Like you're right there with them. Definately worth your time.

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cleverestgirl 03/18/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This movie is one of the best crime movies I have ever seen. Beautiful cinematography, witty dialogue, wonderful lighting, and characters that are truly fleshed out and not simply bad or good. Each character's motivations are ones that you can find sympathy within. The only thing lacking in my opinion, is a truly strong female character. The most memorable woman in the film is a marble statue that one of the thieves caresses in passing - it's a still a great scene.

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