Le Premier Cercle

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Le Premier Cercle
Original release poster
Directed by Laurent Tuel
Produced by Alain Terzian
Christine Gozlan
Written by Laurent Tuel
Laurent Turner
Simon Moutaïrou
Starring Jean Reno
Gaspard Ulliel
Vahina Giocante
Sami Bouajila
Music by Alain Kremski
Cinematography Laurent Machuel
Edited by Marion Monestier
Alter Films
Thelma Films
TF1 International
TF1 Films Production
Medusa Film
Distributed by TFM Distribution
Release date
  • March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04)
Running time
94 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €15 million
Box office $2,226,117

Le Premier Cercle (French pronunciation: ​[lə pʁəmje sɛʁkl], The First Circle), also known as Inside Ring and "The Dead List" in English and as Ultimate Heist on USA video, is a 2009 French-language film by Laurent Tuel.

It tells the story of Milo Malakian (Jean Reno), a gang leader in France, and his son Anton, the descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors.

Having been co-produced by Thelma Films and Alter Films, this thriller formerly called Riviera was co-written by the scriptwriters Laurent Tuel, Laurent Turner and Simon Moutaïrou.[1]

Production companies include TF1 and Canal+.

According to producer Alain Terzian, the surname of the film's hero, Malakian, was chosen in regard of famous film director Henri Verneuil, a great friend of Terzian.



  1. ^ Jean Reno encerclé par Laurent Tuel, 19 Octobre 2007

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