Le Cercle Rouge
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1970
DVD Release Date: December 1, 1990
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Melville is at the top of his game, giving us his next-to-last entry into the world of deception, crime, and extreme suspense that made him a maestro of the French heist genre.

Geoff Andrew
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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age

[Jean-Pierre Melville] gives the acquisitive fury of his characters a contemplative edge that has proven enduringly influential.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

One well-choreographed, beautifully shot and definitely cool cops-and-robbers film.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The director's penultimate work.

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Eric Melin

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.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A slo-mo gem of gangster cool.

Cole Smithey

Luscious modern French noir.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Lewis C.
A good French heist thriller from the 70's that's a slow-burn, but delivers in spades when it comes to tension and atmosphere. A daring jewelry theft… More
Ken Stachnik
This movie makes the Fonz look like Peter Parker. Nothing is cooler than a Melville/Delon pairing.
Tim Salmons
Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle) is a police procedural meets heist film that seems to be almost a playbook for all… More
Reid Volk
In my opinion, Melville's best work. How he manages to blend the grittiness of the American heist film with the sexiness of the French New Wave is beyond… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The jewelry store scene alone is worth the four stars.
Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Crime noir at its finest, with dark and grim cinematography and a story that will have you hanging onto the edge of your seat. This just proves that you really… More