The film was shot in three languages (French, English and Italian) with the same cast. See more »
While Sarte is using the drill/saw to escape through the floorboard of the police transport, you can clearly see the pre-cut guidelines he follows with the rotary cutting wheel. See more »
Well, personally, I trust the engineer. He sounds okay to me. This is a professional job.
[Turns and looks at Roget Sarte]
You're the one I don't trust!
Yeah, you! All your brains are below your belt! You almost got us all in cold storage last night playing games in a whorehouse!
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This French jewel heist is always entertaining due to crisp direction by Henri Verneuil and a script that never takes the usual path. It's great seeing Jean Gabin play the sophisticated patriarch of a Sicilian crime family that plots to hijack an airliner with $50 million in jewels. Alain Delon is his usual moody, wild-man self as the cold-blooded killer who is being sought by the French police and is a constant threat to the upcoming heist. Lino Ventura is a standout as the droll police inspector who's trying to quit smoking while chasing Delon. Great 60's period score by Ennio Morricone. It's not available on DVD, but Fox Movie Channel plays it occasionally. Much more fun than "Le Cercle Rouge" which was recently released on DVD to much fanfare.
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