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The Red Circle (Le cercle rouge)

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The Red Circle (Le cercle rouge)
Le cercle rouge Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Release Date 1970
Language French
Studio Euro International Film
Les Films Corona
Selenia Cinematografica
Main Cast
Character Actor
Corey Alain Delon
Comissioneer Mattei Bourvil
Vogel Gian Maria Volonté
Jansen Yves Montand
Rico André Ekyan
Santi François Périer

The Red Circle (original title Le cercle rouge) is a 1970 French-Italian crime drama directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. Corey (Alain Delon), a criminal who was recently released from prison, meets by chance with Vogel (Gian Maria Volonté), an escaped convict. They plan to rob a jewelry store. Their third partner is Jansen Yves Montand, former police detective turned criminal. Meanwhil,e Commissioner Mattei (Bourvil) leads a manhunt for Vogel...

The following weapons were used in the film The Red Circle (Le cercle rouge):


Colt M1911A1

During the scene in Rico's apartment, Corey (Alain Delon) takes an M1911A1 from the safe. Later, it is used by Vogel (Gian Maria Volonté). In the scene in the forest, Paul (Jean-Pierre Janic), Rico's henchman, is also armed with an M1911. An M1911 is briefly seen in the hands of the illegal jewelry trader (Paul Crauchet).

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Corey takes the pistol from the safe...
...and threatens Rico with the pistol.
Corey cleans fingerprints from the pistol.
Vogel aims the pistol.
Paul holds Corey at gunpoint.
Vogel with an M1911 and Corey with a Walther P38 aim at Paul (in the light trenchcoat), who is also armed with an M1911 and his unnamed partner (in dark trenchcoat) armed with a Luger P08.
The illegal jewelry trader draws a pistol before he meets Corey.

Luger P08

In the scene in the forest, Paul's partner is armed with a Luger P08 until Vogel (Gian Maria Volonté) disarms him and uses his pistol.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Paul's partner (in the dark trenchcoat) holds a P08.
A police detective holds a Luger during the investigation.

Walther P38

During the scene in the billiard hall, Paul (Jean-Pierre Janic) draws a Walther P38 but Corey (Alain Delon) disarms him and takes the pistol. Later, it is used by both Corey and Vogel (Gian Maria Volonté).

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Corey disarms Paul.
The pistol on the floor.
Corey cleans fingerprints from the pistol.
Corey holds the pistol during the confrontation in the forest.

Various Pistols

Gendarmes carry pistols in holsters.

The grip of the pistol is seen in the holster.


Unidentified Revolver 1

In the opening and the final scenes, Commissioner Mattei (Bourvil) carries a snub nose revolver. It looks similar to a Smith & Wesson Model 36 but the shape of the front sight and of the grip differs.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Mattei holds his revolver while escorting an arrested Vogel in the train.
Another view of the same scene. The front sight of the revolver seems to differ from a Model 36.
The revolver in its holster. The grip and the trigger guard can be seen.
Mattei pursues Vogel during the breakout.
He fires six times while the revolver appears to be a five-shot.
Mattei holds the revolver in the final scene.

Unidentified Revolver 2

A Colt-style revolver is used in Jansen's apartments as a decoration (according to the plate, it's an award to Jansen for sharpshooting). It resembles a Colt Official Police but its grip looks different. In the final scene, Jansen is seen with a revolver that is supposed to be the same gun.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
The revolver is seen on the wall.
Another view of the revolver.
Jansen with the revolver in the final scene.
He drops the gun after being shot.
The revolver is seen better on a promotional still.

Unidentified revolver 3

A security guard in the jewelry store carries a revolver. Judging by its plain grip with lanyard ring and the general shape, the revolver can be identified as a Smith & Wesson Victory Model or a military service version of the Smith & Wesson Military & Police.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model - .38 S&W
Smith & Wesson Military And Police - .38 Special
A guard with the revolver in a holster.
A closer view of the grip. It appears to be plain.
Corey (Alain Delon) hits the guard with the grip.

Mattei's Collection

Several handguns are seen in Mattei's apartment as a decoration. One of them appears to be a long-barreled revolver while two others are some pocket guns.

The revolver seems to have a brass frame. The gun next to the revolver resembles a derringer of some sort while the third one appears to be a pepperbox.

Submachine Guns


During the manhunt for Vogel, MAT-49 SMGs are seen in the hands of several gendarmes.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Several MAT-49s are seen in the hands of gendarmes.
A gendarme with MAT-49 sets up a checkpoint.


Browning 22 Semi-Auto

Jansen (Yves Montand) is seen with several rifles, one of which is a Browning 22 Semi-Auto. This rifle is used by Jansen during the heist.

Browning 22 Semi-Auto Rifle, Grade I - .22LR
Jansen carries his three rifles.
A Browning is seen.
Three rifles leaning against a tree.
Jansen trains with the rifle.
The disassembled rifle, sniper scope, and sound suppressor are seen.
The rifle is fixed on a tripod.
Jansen holds the rifle, equipped with a sniper scope and suppressor.

Unique X-51

Jansen also uses a Unique X-51.

Unique X-51 - .22 LR
A typical shape of the magazine can be seen.
Three rifles leaning against a tree.

Unidentified Bolt-Action Rifle

Jansen also uses an unidentified bolt-action hunting rifle.

Jansen holds a Unique X-51 and a bolt-action rifle.
Le cercle rouge-Rifle-4.jpg
Three rifles leaning against a tree.

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