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Le Doulos (1962)



Critic Consensus: Striking cinematography and strong performances make Le Doulos a uniquely cool -- and thoroughly satisfying -- neo-noir.

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Confusion and wrong assumptions are the cause of tragedy in this stylish gangster noir by director Jean-Pierre Melville. Maurice (Serge Reggiani) and Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo) are friends going way back, and both have had a shady past. Silien wants to leave his illegal activities behind him -- but would he actually be in league with the police, as an informer? That is what Maurice suspects after he kills a fence who is responsible for the murder of one of his friends and then takes some jewels as an extra bonus. Doubts assail Maurice as well as others until it is finally decided that something has to be done about Silien.

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Critic Reviews for Le Doulos

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

Jean-Pierre Melville presents a murky criminal underworld in his gangland classic.

August 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a moody, ruminative lowlife crime drama winding up with as many corpses on the floor as Hamlet, and pungent with the sweaty maleness of Melville's tough-guy pictures.

August 11, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Some amazing moments, but something of a drag all told.

August 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Le Doulos roots itself in traditional noir themes of providence, of loyalty and betrayal, of male codes of honor, and ultimately of man's inability to escape his lot in life.

October 6, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Does it matter that what we're seeing is not necessarily what we're getting? Not at all. The movie is entirely about how it looks and feels.

February 15, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As good as Melville's setups are, the joys of the movie keep returning to Belmondo, then and now the king of effortless cool.

October 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le Doulos

Terrific 'stylized' French noir! (Does anyone else think that Serge Reggiani looks like Mr. Bean?)

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

easily one of the most gripping and fulfilling films i have ever seen. the film has enough twists to fill a lifetime, shifting the direction of the characters so often to keep one glued to the story but no too often so as to confuse. a perfect blend of mystery and suspense with noir like lighting and style. one of the best crime dramas ever produced.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer


a fantastic heist film and the best melville i've seen to date. it's right up there with rififi and the asphalt jungle in my book. jean paul belmondo is tres cool and i never could tell which way it would turn. in beautiful black & white, simply stunning

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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