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Pépé le Moko (1937)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  3 March 1941 (USA)
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Pépé le Moko is a gangster from Paris that hides in Algier's Casbah. In the Casbah, he is safe and is able to elude the police's attempts to capture him. But he misses his freedom, after ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gabriel Gabrio ...
Saturnin Fabre ...
Le Grand Père
Fernand Charpin ...
Régis (as Charpin)
Lucas Gridoux ...
Gilbert Gil ...
Pierrot (as Gilbert-Gil)
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L'Arbi (as Dalio)
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Maxime (as Granval)
Gaston Modot ...
Jimmy
René Bergeron ...
Meunier (as Bergeron)
Paul Escoffier ...
Louvain (as Escoffier)
Roger Legris ...
Max (as Legris)
Jean Témerson ...
Gravère (as Temerson)
Robert Ozanne ...
Gendron
Philippe Richard ...
Janvier
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Storyline

Pépé le Moko is a gangster from Paris that hides in Algier's Casbah. In the Casbah, he is safe and is able to elude the police's attempts to capture him. But he misses his freedom, after two years in the Casbah. He meets a gorgeous Parisian tourist, Gaby, and they fall in love. Native inspector Slimane tries to use her to attract Pépé out of the Casbah in order to catch him. Written by Yepok

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Opening Weekend:

$14,100 (USA) (1 March 2002)

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$153,936 (USA) (18 October 2002)
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In a scene after Pierrot's death, Pepe is getting progressively drunker and his suit coat opens to reveal more of his shirt. His shirt has the monogram of "JG" on the pocket; clearly the monogram of the actor (Jean Gabin) and not the character. See more »

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Perfection
10 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pepe le Moko is a tragic figure -- his criminality has made him godfather of the Casbah but happiness eludes him because the instant he leaves he'll be nabbed by the cops.

Powerful as he is, Pepe has no friend -- not the gypsy woman (well acted) who believes she loves him, nor the police inspector with whom he engages in homo-erotic repartee. Informers are snuffed out in the Casbah with impunity but they are in ever-replenishing supply.

The ambiance of the Casbah is a character in itself here -- one of great allure and mystery. The bedazzling kept woman for whom Pepe lusts is less a love object than an irresistible reminder of the world he has lost.

Jean Gabin's Pepe is a masterpiece of sexual appeal, savoir faire, and brilliance. Just when we think that love has befuddled him, we see that Pepe has outfoxed us again.

He does manage to escape -- but how he does so ends this film on a shockingly unexpected yet triumphant note.


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