Le Doulos
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Confusion and wrong assumptions are the cause of tragedy in this stylish gangster noir by director Jean-Pierre Melville. Maurice (Serge Reggiani) and Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) are friends going way back, and both have had a shady past. Silien wants to leave his illegal activities behind him -- but would he actually be in league with the police, as an informer? That is what Maurice suspects after he kills a fence who is responsible for the murder of one of his friends and then takes some jewels as an extra bonus. Doubts assail Maurice as well as others until it is finally decided that… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As good as Melville's setups are, the joys of the movie keep returning to Belmondo, then and now the king of effortless cool."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A cool, classy treat."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The Möbius strip of noir ambiguity, as hard and shivery and tortuous as can be"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Even if you're not a fan of this sort of narrative trickery, it must be said that Le Doulos is simply a hell of a thriller ..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Melville's complete absorption of American crime movies is on full display in Le Doulos, but the film never feels like a French version of an American movie."
‑ Matt Bailey, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A tour de force."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A slippery, gripping cops-and-robbers thriller, full of twists and turns and ending with a tragicomic shootout you'll never forget."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Le Doulos roots itself in traditional noir themes of providence, of loyalty and betrayal, of male codes of honor, and ultimately of man's inability to escape his lot in life."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The movie is a tough, stylish, deliciously complex labyrinth of underworld double-crosses that, like most of the other Melville noirs, ultimately celebrates honor among thieves."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It's a dark post-noir thriller enhanced by superb performances and sparkling black and white cinematography."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Even back in 1962, Melville made the usual suspects feel new by wrapping them in gorgeous desolation."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Few films have focused so intently on proper underworld etiquette."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The macho criminal underworld of French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville has a nasty, nearly misogynistic edge here..."
‑ Josh Larsen, Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
"Melville is a mythmaker. His characters are archetypes of the cinema, specifically American cinema, though his outlook is unmistakably French, tinged with romanticism."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Another classic entry in the Melville Gallic noir canon, immaculately realised and bolstered by the strong presence of Belmondo."
‑ , Film4
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