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The Finger Man (Le Doulos) (1962)

The Finger Man (Le Doulos) (1962)

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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 The Finger Man (Le Doulos)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

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…
Slant Magazine
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A tour de force.

September 7, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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Even back in 1962, Melville made the usual suspects feel new by wrapping them in gorgeous desolation.

July 18, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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A slippery, gripping cops-and-robbers thriller, full of twists and turns and ending with a tragicomic shootout you'll never forget.

June 27, 2007
Salon.com
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Mr. Belmondo, as usual, maintains a sinister air, but it has no particular meaning, beyond showing that a crook is a crook is a crook.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Another classic entry in the Melville Gallic noir canon, immaculately realised and bolstered by the strong presence of Belmondo.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…
Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Finger Man (Le Doulos)

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

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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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

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½

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

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