Le Cercle Rouge (US: The Red Circle)

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Post by Bruce R on Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:23 pm

The substitled LE CERCLE ROUGE (US:  THE RED CIRCLE) is a well-done Crime/Drama starring Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonte and Yves Montand.

It's 140 minutes but moves along well so you are not checking your watch to see when it will be finishing.  It's available commercially from Criterion, with their usual top-drawer quality.

Corey (Alain Delon) 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 from on a train in the beginning of the film is on the case trying to recapture the criminals. Mattei methodically employs various tactics to catch his men.

I sometimes have found Delon to be annoying, but he does an excellent job in this film. Montand is also excellent as a laconic alcoholic.

Unless you just can't do subtitled films, this one is recommended.

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