Le Cercle Rouge
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Corey (Alain Delon) is the young gun in the French underworld who has just been released from prison. Escaped convict Vogel (Gian-Maria Volonté) hides in the trunk of Corey's car. The two enlist the help of an alcoholic former cop (Yves Montand) for an elaborate jewelry-store robbery. Police inspector Mattei (Bourvil) whom Vogel escaped in the beginning of the film is on the case trying to recapture the criminals. He is not opposed to using blackmail techniques to get answers out of the unwilling witnesses and criminals brought in for questioning. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Melville's special achievement was to relocate the American gangster film in France, and to incorporate his own steely poetic and philosophical obsessions."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"If you ever wanted to know how to look good wearing a trenchcoat, lighting a cigarette, handling a revolver, drinking a whiskey or overpowering an armed guard, Jean-Pierre Melville's 1970 gangster drama is your guide."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Melville views it all at a distance and with a slow kind of precision that is missing from modern movies. There's no flash here, just criminal behavior observed with an eye for detail."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"A seminal heist movie."
‑ , Film4
"A classic cornerstone of the heist genre from a master of the nouvelle vague."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"One well-choreographed, beautifully shot and definitely cool cops-and-robbers film."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The director's penultimate work."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Luscious modern French noir."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Jean-Pierre Melville is one of the most remarkable figures in world cinema, though he remains little known."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The epitome of neo-noir stylishness."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"I can't say that Cercle Rouge is an overlooked masterpiece, but it's an amazing antidote to the current style of filmmaking in which silence and causal relationships are routinely disregarded."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"A slo-mo gem of gangster cool."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A glistening gem among caper movies."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"You have to admire Jean-Pierre Melville's ambition to make a sophisticated "b-movie" that is moody, intelligent and consistently engaging."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Top-notch film noir with a bleak existential edge, executed with as much clinical precision as the crime it portrays."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
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