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  • Summary: Corey (Alain Delon) is an aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel (Gian-Maria Volonté), a murderer, escapes from the custody of Mattei (Bourvil), a cat-loving police superintendent. Corey robs Rico (André Ekyan), his mob boss, then enlists Vogel and an ex-policeCorey (Alain Delon) is an aristocratic thief, released from prison on the same day that Vogel (Gian-Maria Volonté), a murderer, escapes from the custody of Mattei (Bourvil), a cat-loving police superintendent. Corey robs Rico (André Ekyan), his mob boss, then enlists Vogel and an ex-police sharpshooter, Jansen (Yves Montand), in a jewel heist. While Corey is harried by the vengeful Rico, Mattei pressures Santi, a nightclub owner and pimp, to help him trap the thieves. Expand
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  1. 100
    There is one cool, understated scene after another.
  2. The antidote to every square tough-guy caper you've ever seen, and the inspiration for many great ones. It is an existential imperative to seek out a showing and burn rubber to get there, preferably in an excellent car.
  3. Watching Le Cercle Rouge, we're caught up in a world that, however improbable some of its twists and turns seem, strikes us as a perfect, imaginative creation.
  4. 90
    It was Melville's second-to-last feature, and it shows him in top form, with a more generous dose of humor than usual.
  5. For students of cool ... Le Cercle Rouge is required viewing.
  6. 88
    As film noirs go, this one is a classic.
  7. Clearly a minor classic, mainly for reasons besides its crime story plot -- namely, the urbane fatalism of its cast and the overall mood of inevitability that hangs over every scene.

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  1. SteveK.
    Jan 13, 2006
    10
    The transfer is pristine, the story is intriguing and, in it's genre, it's an absolute top rank example. What's not to love?
  2. JMH
    May 7, 2012
    10
    Melville's impeccably constructed, paced, and plotted "Le cercle rouge" is the antithesis of overblown, contemporary Hollywood crimeMelville's impeccably constructed, paced, and plotted "Le cercle rouge" is the antithesis of overblown, contemporary Hollywood crime thrillers. And for the better in every sense. Hollywood may have rotted your mind leaving you without the attention span to take in such a film. But if it's not, or if you have a glimmer of hope it's not, watch this film. Melville's deliberate storytelling zooms in on the essence of the escape, the chase, and the heist; on criminals, other sordid figures, and cops. Everything the viewer needs and wants to know is spun out carefully and grippingly. There's not an explosion every 3 minutes in this film. There's no faux suspense. There are no fast-paced, quick thrills. Yet every moment of "Le cercle rouge" is richly absorbing crime drama of the highest order. Expand

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