The Burglars

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Le Casse
Le Casse-1971.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Produced by Henri Verneuil
Written by

David Goodis (novel)
Henri Verneuil

Vahé Katcha
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Omar Sharif
Robert Hossein
Dyan Cannon
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Claude Renoir
Edited by Pierre Gillette
Production
  company
Columbia Films
Vides Cinematografica
Distributed by Columbia Films
Columbia Pictures (USA)
Release date(s) 1971
14 June 1972 (USA)
Running time 120 min.
Country France / Italy
Language French / English

Le Casse (US title: The Burglars) is a 1971 movie directed by French director Henri Verneuil, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Omar Sharif and Robert Hossein. It is based on the 1953 novel by David Goodis and revolves around a team of four burglars chased by a corrupt cop in Athens. It's a remake of the 1957 film The Burglar with Jayne Mansfield.

The movie is known for its spectacular car chase and Belmondo's incredible fall from a construction truck down a steep, rocky hillside. The movie was shot twice, once in French and once in English, by the same cast.

Plot[edit]

Azad (Jean-Paul Belmondo), Ralf (Robert Hossein) and 2 other accomplices rob a suitcase of emeralds from a rich Greek citizen, M.Tasco. When Abel Zacharia (Omar Sharif), the Athenian police chief, surprises Azad's car in front of Tasco's house on the night of the robbery, he decides to let Azad and his team go, hoping he could retrieve the emeralds for himself. Follows a chase between Azad and the corrupt cop through Athens' streets which culminates to the final scene which will be later borrowed by Witness in 1982.

Credits[edit]

  • Jean-Paul Belmondo as Azad
  • Omar Sharif as Abel Zacharia
  • Robert Hossein as Ralph
  • Dyan Cannon as Lena
  • Renato Salvatori as Renzi
  • Nicole Calfan as Helene
  • José-Luis de Villalonga as Tasco
  • Myriam Colombi as Madame Tasco
  • Marc Arian as Restaurant Owner
  • Daniel Verite as Playboy

Rated G (general audience) in France

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