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Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)
"Touchez pas au grisbi" (original title)

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An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
René Dary ...
Dora Doll ...
Vittorio Sanipoli ...
Marilyn Buferd ...
Betty (as Marilyn Bufferd)
Gaby Basset ...
Paul Barge ...
Eugène (as Barge)
Alain Bouvette ...
Le chauffeur de taxi (as Bouvette)
Denise Clair ...
Madame Bouche
Angelo Dessy ...
Lucilla Solivani ...
Nana - la secrétaire de Pierrot
Michel Jourdan ...
Paul Oettly ...
Jean Riveyre ...
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The middle age bon-vivant Max is a former gangster and close friend of his partner Riton. They have stolen eight gold bars of 12 kg each that worth 50-million francs and Max has kept them hidden for their retirement. Riton's mistress Josy is tired of him and has found a new lover to support her, Angelo, who is a dangerous gangster. Riton has made a comment to Josy about the gold and soon Angelo discovers that Max and Riton have the stolen gold. He abducts Riton to force Max to give the gold to him. Will Max exchange his gold for Riton? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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February 1960 (USA)  »

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Grisbi  »

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$21,674 (USA) (5 September 2003)


$95,793 (USA) (17 October 2003)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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According to Daniel Cauchy ("Fifi"), his character was originally supposed to remain in the car until the classic showdown between Lino Ventura and Jean Gabin. He was commuting by air between another film being shot in Paris and this one, but director Jacques Becker thought it would be more expedient to have Gabin's character throw him out of the car before that. See more »


When the submachine guns are removed from the wine box, they are Sten Submachine guns. When they are removed from the car after the ambush they are Sten Guns. When they are finally shot at the retreating gangsters, they have become two different models of Thompson Submachine guns, an early civilian model of a Thompson and a military model (M1 or M1A1) of a Thompson. See more »


Fifi: [after being thrown out of the car] You leaving me here? How am I gonna get back?
Max: [laconically] Try hunting snails, Daddy-o.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1998) See more »

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influential French film noir
19 September 2003 | by (Winnipeg, Canada) – See all my reviews

The title of this French film noir is slang for "loot". Jean Gabin stars as racketeer Max. Seeking out the finer things in life, Max intends to pull one last job and retire. After stealing a fortune in gold, our hero is faced with a crisis of conscience when his best friend (Rene Dary) is kidnapped and held for a huge ransom, the proceeds of this last job. Max manages to turn the tables on the abductors, but his dreams of a life of ease explode in his face. Up-and-coming leading lady Jeanne Moreau plays a pivotal role as the femme fatale who leads Dary into the hands of his kidnappers.

An intriguing film that inverts many of the film noir cliches. The heist which drives the film's plot has already occurred when the film starts, which has the effect of shifting the film's focus from the crime itself to the consequences of leading a life of crime. The characters are portrayed less like criminals than businessmen, calmly going about the business of earning a living. As a result, the few scenes of violence that occur are more shocking than they would be in a more routine crime film. An intriguing film that clearly influenced subsequent French crime films, especially Jules Dassin's "Rififi" and Jean-Pierre Melville's "Bob le Flambeur".

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