French criminal Corey (Alain Delon) is released from prison and vows to never return, but is quickly pulled back into criminal behavior after a chance encounter with escaped murderer Vogel (Gian Maria Volonte). Along with former policeman and current alcoholic Jansen (Yves Montand), they plot an intricate jewel heist.
“Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1970 heist film, starring Alain Delon, delights in the meticulous crime-craft that informs the action.” — Richard Brody, New Yorker
“The kind of experience that makes you glad movies exist.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times
Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè
Selenia Cinematografica, Les films Corona