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The Burglars (1971)

Le casse (original title)
In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars plan an emerald heist from the home of a gem collector but the corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia is on their trail.

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

Henri Verneuil (scenario), Vahé Katcha (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Azad
Omar Sharif ... Abel Zacharia
Dyan Cannon ... Lena Gripp's
Robert Hossein ... Ralph
Nicole Calfan ... Hélène
Myriam Feune de Colombi Myriam Feune de Colombi ... Isabelle Tasco (as Myriam Colombi)
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Le gardien de la villa Tasco
José Luis de Vilallonga ... Tasco
Renato Salvatori ... Renzi
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Storyline

In 1970s Athens a group of professional burglars led by Azad plan a daring burglary. The victim is the rich gem merchant Mister Tasco. The treasure to be plundered is Mister Tasco's sumptuous emerald collection. The break-in team neutralize the villa's guard, enter the premises and locate the safe. Their sophisticated safe-cracking tools allow the burglars to break the safe open and steal the emeralds. During the caper a lone Greek policeman notices the burglars' car parked outside the Tasco residence and becomes suspicious. When Azad pretends to tinker with the getaway car's engine the Greek cop pretends he believes him. In fact, the Greek Police inspector Abel Zacharia suspects a burglary is taking place but decides to play along in order to allow the burglars to complete their mission. However, the corrupt Greek cop intends to arrest the criminals later and to steal the emeralds for himself. A cat and mouse chase ensues. Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

Catch the burglars !

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Action

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Burglars See more »

Filming Locations:

Corfu Island, Greece See more »

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Budget:

FRF15,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The crew stayed at the Hilton Hotel in Athens during the shooting from February 1971 to April 1971. See more »

Goofs

Just before the car chase begins, Abel Zacharia is following the burglars around the docks. They act like they don't see him until they find their ship dry-docked, but in every scene he is the only car around besides them, is clearly very close to them watching them, and follows them closely. It would take a blind person to not notice they were being followed. See more »

Quotes

Azad: We've each got a job to do, but you want to do both, and that leads to complications.
Abel Zacharia: Not at all, it's very simple. I play both sides. If things go wrong, I start acting like a policeman again.
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Good Not Great Cat And Mouse Movie.
27 August 2010 | by mbsSee all my reviews

Great car chase sequence (which like everyone said has NOTHING to do with the plot of the movie--it mostly just introduces the idea that Omar Shariff is a bad ass as well.) Movie is good escapist entertainment---Bellmondo steals a bunch of emeralds from the safe of some dude's house in a Greek island and said dude hires Shariff (who is a cop) to bring them emeralds on home. A lot of alternating scenes of smooth talking between the two and chasing follow--somehow Dyan Cannon as a visiting American model enters the plot as a potential ally for Bellmondo---even tho her role makes very little sense, its still totally worth it for one sequence in which Bellmondo slaps her silly and those slaps turn on and turn off the lights in her apt--(her apt apparently was an early beta tester of The Clapper! its very very funny and got a huge laugh from the audience who actually came out to see a re-screening of this the other week.) Very enjoyable movie overall--but far from perfect--but who the hell needs perfection when you have that car chase and a drunken Omar Shariff right? seriously that was a legitimate question!


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