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Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Touchez pas au grisbi (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | February 1960 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dora Doll ...
Vittorio Sanipoli ...
Ramon
Marilyn Buferd ...
Betty (as Marilyn Bufferd)
Gaby Basset ...
Marinette
Paul Barge ...
Eugène (as Barge)
Alain Bouvette ...
Le chauffeur de taxi (as Bouvette)
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Fifi
Denise Clair ...
Madame Bouche
Angelo Dessy ...
Bastien
Lucilla Solivani ...
Nana - la secrétaire de Pierrot
Michel Jourdan ...
Marco
Paul Oettly ...
Oscar
Jean Riveyre ...
Le portier de l'hôtel Moderna
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

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February 1960 (USA)  »

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Grisbi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #17225 delivered on 19 September 1954. See more »

Goofs

In the newspaper at the end of the movie, they said "Police recovered suitcases containing gold bars stolen". Gold melt around 1064° C (1947 ° F), and when a car burns, the temperature can exceed 1200° C (2192 ° F). That means they couldn't find the gold bars (neither the suitcases) but only a molted gold clusters. See more »

Quotes

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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Honor, Friendship and Gold
7 February 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The middle age bon-vivant Max (Jean Gabin) is a former gangster and close friend of his partner Riton (René Dary). 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 (Jeanne Moreau) is tired of him and has found a new lover to support her, Angelo (Lino Ventura), 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?

"Touchez pas au grisbi" is a classy French-Italian production with a great story of honor and friendship. The pace is capable to detail a scene like, for example, Max and Riton brushing their teeth without being boring. Max is an interesting character and it is delightful to see his reactions and tranquility towards any situation, his code of honor and his face in the end after receiving the phone call with the bad news. It is also impressive how beautiful and sexy the actresses are. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Grisbi, Ouro Maldito" ("Grisbi, Cursed Gold")


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