The Red Circle

Synopsis: A strange, red circle appears on the neck of a man saved from the guillotine. What is its mysterious meaning? Tragically, it turns out to be something of a family curse, as each generation thereafter bears the same sign, which in turn leads to blackmail and murder.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
92 min

Siddhartha Gautama,

the Buddha,

drew a circle

with a piece of red chalk

and said:

"When men,

even unknowingly,

"are to meet one day,


may befall each,


their diverging paths,

"on the said day,

they will inevitably

come together

in the red circle."

Rama Krishna

A red light, tough!


Good news:

You get out tomorrow.

- Thanks for the tip-off, boss.

- That's not all.

Time's short. The watch is due.

What's the game, boss?

I've known you five years.

You're the only man for this job.


Classic, easy. No-risk.

If done right.

And if not?

- Sorry. I'm not coming back here.

- Well, I want out of here.

When you hear the details,

you'll warm up.

I doubt it.

What's with you, Corey?

With your pedigree and your time

inside, who'd offer you decent work?

The bastards,

they're ahead of schedule.

Leave nothing to chance, boss.

That's why I fixed the lock

so no one knows I'm in here.

I'm offering you the job

because I can't take risks.

They're unforeseeable.

Let's hear it anyway.

My brother-in-law's worked

for a firm for 15 years.

They've just installed

a new security system.

One billfold.

Three photos.

One driver's license.

- One passport.

- Expired.

One watch, platinum.

One set of keys, and that's it.


Your photos.

The telephone, please.

Police here.

Get me the gendarmerie.

- Have a map of the area?

- Behind you.

- Where are we?

- In Mersault-L'Hpital.

- This road?

- D23.

This is Inspector Mattei,

Criminal Investigations, Paris.

The prisoner I was escorting

got away.

Right, set up roadblocks

on all roads between...


Nuits-St-Georges, Beaune,


Le Creusot, Autun.

I'm at the level crossing

at Mersault.

Right, on the D23.

Then tell your captain to come down.

I'll explain.

One other thing...

Ask the Prefect to put

the Rex Plan into effect,

and use dogs for the dragnet.

I'll wait here...

And make it snappy.

What do I do?

There are other trains running.

Bring me my coat and jacket,

the handcuffs and the two hats,

and get the train moving.

If anyone had told me

you'd be my wake-up call...

I was released early.

For good behavior.

Just a little poker game.

So I see.

If I haven't been in touch

for the past four years...

- Five.

- Sorry, five...

it's because during

the investigation and trial,

you didn't mention my name.

So I figured it was better,

for you and for me...

You don't say.

Don't believe me?

Now that you're out,

you can count on me.

It's 7:
30. The banks open at 9.

- I'll write you a check.

- No checks!

Loan me a few thousand.

I'll pay you back.

You're nuts. Wait till 9.

Let me give you something sizeable.

I owe you.

Just lend me what I need.

I don't have enough cash here.

Wait till 9.

And in here?

Nothing. Just a few thousand.

That'll do.

As you like.

I'll pay you back.

Sure, you will.

- What is it?

- Nothing...

Hello, Paul?

We're closed, mister.

Ripping off Rico at home!

You lost your manners in prison.

Give it back, Corey.


I lost, anyway.

Hello, police?

Nicephore Niepce invented

photography in this village in 1822

Papers, please.

You just bought the car?

At 9 this morning,

before leaving Marseille.

Register the car in your name

before next week.

Your address still the same?

Yes, 19 Avenue Paul Doumer.

Would you open your trunk, please?

Fine, thank you.

Go on.

Still nothing?

We lost his trail at the stream.

We've got to find it again.

Comb every inch of the region.

- Are they still searching?

- Yes...

but I think it's useless.

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Edgar Wallace

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1 April 1875 – 10 February 1932) was an English writer. Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at age 12. He joined the army at age 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War, for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London, and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men (1905). Drawing on his time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocities, Wallace serialised short stories in magazines such as The Windsor Magazine and later published collections such as Sanders of the River (1911). He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in 1921 and became an internationally recognised author. After an unsuccessful bid to stand as Liberal MP for Blackpool (as one of David Lloyd George's Independent Liberals) in the 1931 general election, Wallace moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a script writer for RKO studios. He died suddenly from undiagnosed diabetes, during the initial drafting of King Kong (1933). Wallace was such a prolific writer that one of his publishers claimed that a quarter of all books in England were written by him. As well as journalism, Wallace wrote screen plays, poetry, historical non-fiction, 18 stage plays, 957 short stories, and over 170 novels, 12 in 1929 alone. More than 160 films have been made of Wallace's work. He is remembered for the creation of King Kong, as a writer of 'the colonial imagination', for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, and for The Green Archer serial. He sold over 50 million copies of his combined works in various editions, and The Economist describes him as "one of the most prolific thriller writers of [the 20th] century", although few of his books are still in print in the UK. more…

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