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Director:
Writers:
Albert Simonin (novel)
Jacques Becker (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
February 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(17 articles)
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Wonderful gangster-story by Jacques Becker See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean Gabin ... Max dit Max le Menteur
René Dary ... Henri Ducros dit Riton
Dora Doll ... Lola
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)

Daniel Cauchy ... 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
Delia Scala ... Hughette - la secrétaire d'Oscar
Silvestri

Lino Ventura ... Angelo Fraiser
Paul Frankeur ... Pierrot

Jeanne Moreau ... Josy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bayard ... M. Dufiond - un danseur (uncredited)
Jean Clarieux ... Un consommateur chez Bouche (uncredited)
Jean Daurand ... Un consommateur chez Bouche (uncredited)
Dominique Davray ... Une prostituée (uncredited)
René Hell ... Un consommateur chez Bouche (uncredited)
Robert Le Fort ... Un client (uncredited)
Charles Mahieu ... Bébert - un consommateur chez Bouche (uncredited)
Pierre Moncorbier ... Un barman (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Becker 
 
Writing credits
Albert Simonin (novel)

Jacques Becker (adaptation) &
Albert Simonin (adaptation) &
Maurice Griffe (adaptation)

Albert Simonin (dialogue)

Produced by
Robert Dorfmann .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jean Wiener 
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Montazel 
 
Film Editing by
Marguerite Renoir 
 
Production Design by
Jean d'Eaubonne 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Turlure 
 
Costume Design by
Marcelle Desvignes (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jean Lalaurette .... hair stylist
Jean Paul Ulysse .... makeup artist (as Jean Ulysse)
 
Production Management
Pierre Bochart .... production supervisor
Léon Carré .... production manager
Georges Charlot .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Becker .... first assistant director
Jean-François Hauduroy .... second assistant director (as J.F. Hauduroy)
Marc Maurette .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacques Gut .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound (as Jacques Carrere)
Jacques Lebreton .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Dumaître .... camera operator
Roland Paillais .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Denise Charvein .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Liane Augustin .... playback singer
Ernest Guillon .... conductor (as Ernest Guillou)
Jerry Mengo .... orchestra (as Jerry Mengo et son orchestre)
Jean Wetzel .... musician: harmonica
 
Other crew
Colette Crochot .... script supervisor
Lenny Borger .... english adaptation: 2005 restored version (uncredited)
Mai Harris .... english subtitles: 2005 restored version (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Touchez pas au grisbi" - France (original title)
"Grisbi" - USA
"Hands Off the Loot" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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Runtime:
94 min | USA:83 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-12 | Finland:K-11 (new rating: 2001) | France:-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (DVD rating, uncut) | UK:X (original rating, cut version) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »

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33 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful gangster-story by Jacques Becker, 22 November 2002
Author: pzanardo (pzanardo@math.unipd.it) from Padova, Italy

It would be nonsense to give an order of merit to the three cinematic masterpieces by director Jacques Becker. However, personally I love "Touchez pas au grisbi" even more than "Casque d'or" or "Le Trou". In "Touchez pas au grisbi" we find all we can ask from a Becker's film: splendid black-and-white cinematography, evocative, romantic atmosphere, brilliant script, stunning excellence of the actors' job. But here we get more: a tough, perfectly written gangster-story, swift pace and action blended with an outstanding psychological design.

The movie is mainly a story of friendship and honor. We have two old pals, two aged gangsters close to retire: Max (Jean Gabin), smart and clever, well aware that their best years are over, and Riton (Rene Dary), naive and rash, unable to accept the end of their youth, even dumb if you want, but extremely brave and devoted to his friend. Max is constantly grumbling against Riton and the troubles he causes. He scorns Riton's courage... brains and good sense, that's the important thing... But when it's the time for action, we see how deep and touching their friendship is, how ready they are to sacrifice themselves for each other. In other words, there are circumstances when only courage and honor count...

According to his usual style, Becker describes the world of criminals as a weird parallel of the world of "decent people". To be a gangster appears a job like another: a day at the office. See Max's poise and professional way, when he negotiates the value of the "grisbi" (the swag) with the receiver. And when Max is going to face a last-blood gang-war, he quietly leaves a large sum of money to a trusted bar-maid, in case of need "... to tip somebody (i.e. police or judges)... to fix possible problems... you know better..."

Inside a story narrated in the most understated way, Becker inserts unexpected explosions of violence. Take the owner of the Night Club, another old pal of Max's and Riton's. Poised, always silent, short, fat, with thick glasses, he seems the less harmful person. Yet, suddenly, and without a single word of comment, he starts to brutally beat a thug from a rival gang. And, with the machine-gun, he shows himself even tougher than Max and Riton.

Of course, the movie also offers a Gabin's trade-mark scene, when he slaps everybody, men and women as well. Great stuff: toughness mixed with sense of humour. Gabin's performance is at the highest level reached in a glorious career.

What else to add? "Touchez pas au grisbi" is a fantastic masterpiece. Moreover, I guess that this film is good for all tastes , which probably can't be said for other Becker's cinematic gems.

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