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

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  February 1960 (USA)
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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 ...
Le portier de l'hôtel Moderna


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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Release Date:

February 1960 (USA)  »

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Grisbi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


René Dary, who was considered Jean Gabin's worthy successor during the Occupation, played his right-hand man here. 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 »


Max: That's the trouble with young people - they're so doggone young!
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Referenced in 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995) See more »

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A true classic
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Grisbi" is a true classic...... Highly influential French noir/crime thriller/drama....shamefully obscure & undeservedly overlooked until now...Criterion DVD finally released in January....actually kinda ruined my evening..I had planned on watching another movie after this one..but I didn't want to let this one out of my head yet, was that good. 1954 Paris sparkles in glorious black & white..Jean Gabin & the whole cast, including a very young & relatively unknown Jeanne Moreau, is wonderful..Jacque Becker's direction is impeccable.

The great Jean Gabin stars as Max , an aging gangster, who, along with his longtime friend & partner , Riton , has pulled one last job and intends to retire as soon as it's safe to cash in the millions in gold bullion they have stolen. Max is an anachronism...his style, moral code, honor & ways are caught up in changing times...a theme that fans of some of the best American Westerns will recognize in this film...

It'a an absorbing , character-driven story...leading to a lonely highway with guns drawn ..trying to keep from losing everything. Highly recommended.

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