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Le Cercle Rouge

HD   Unrated

Jean-Pierre Melville

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About the Movie

Recently released from prison, a criminal organizes the hold-up of a lifetime with the help of an escaped convict and an alcoholic ex-policeman. They are successful, but the fence, shaken by the value of the loot, suggests they go to a specialist, who is none other than the inspector handling the case.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 60
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A classic of the clenched-fist, dark-skied, doom-laden world of noir. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 17, 2003

Fresh: The director's penultimate work. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Sep 9, 2003

Fresh: There are unforgettable tableaux of movement, meticulously executed with wordless cool. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Delon, Bourvil and Montand in the same movie, what a cast!! and...the whole thing is directed by Melville, so what else to say!!? Such a french classic, great drama, highly recommended.

Cool & Subtle

This movie is great. The moments of action are fierce, while the rest of the movie is filled with great tension. The heist sequence is really well shot.

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Le Cercle Rouge
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1970

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