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Rififi (1955)
"Du rififi chez les hommes" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  5 June 1956 (USA)
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Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Servais ...
Tony le Stéphanois
Carl Möhner ...
Jo le Suedois
Robert Manuel ...
Mario Ferrati
Janine Darcey ...
Louise
Pierre Grasset ...
Louis Grutter aka Louis le Tatoué
Robert Hossein ...
Remi Grutter
Marcel Lupovici ...
Pierre Grutter
Dominique Maurin ...
Tonio
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Viviane
Marie Sabouret ...
Mado les Grands Bras
Claude Sylvain ...
Ida Ferrati
...
Cesar le Milanais (as Perlo Vita)
Armandel ...
Second Gambler
Alain Bouvette ...
Footman, 'L'Age D'Or'
Alice Garan
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Storyline

After five years in prison, Tony le Stéphanois meets his dearest friends Jo and the Italian Mario Ferrati and they invite Tony to steal a couple of jewels from the show-window of the famous jewelry Mappin & Webb Ltd, but he declines. Tony finds his former girlfriend Mado, who became the lover of the gangster owner of the night-club L' Âge d' Or Louis Grutter, and he humiliates her, beating on her back for being unfaithful. Then he calls Jo and Mario and proposes a burglary of the safe of the jewelry. They invite the Italian specialist in safes and elegant wolf Cesar to join their team and they plot a perfect heist. They are successful in their plan, but the Don Juan Cesar makes things go wrong when he gives a valuable ring to his mistress. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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safe | italian | jewelry | burglary | beating | See more »

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["Rififi"] ...means Trouble!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

5 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$17,981 (USA) (21 July 2000)

Gross:

$418,016 (USA) (15 December 2000)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made on an extremely small budget (so small that Dassin claims people do not believe him when he tells them the amount), which is why so many desperate (himself included) or inexperienced people were hired for the production. The director claims that he was so broke at the Cannes film festival in 1955 (where he won the Best Director prize for the film) that, while watching one of the producers play the casinos, he had to ask for some money to bet. He then asked on what date had they began filming Rififi? When informed of the date (the 18th), Dassin put all his money on 18 and won. He says that his family managed to live off this money for a while. See more »

Goofs

When Tony picks some dirt out of the dead Jo's hair, Jo's right eye twitches. See more »

Quotes

Mario Ferrati: [to Tony about Cesar] For a job with you he'll come. Cesar! There's not a safe that can resist Cesar and not a woman that Cesar can resist.
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Connections

Referenced in Las travesuras de Morucha (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

La chanson 'Le Rififi'
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
Music by M. Philippe-Gérard
édité par LES AUTEURS ASSOCIÉS
Performed by Magali Noël (uncredited)
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A Magnificent Fim-Noir
21 July 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After five years in prison, Tony le Stéphanois (Jean Servais) meets his dearest friends Jo (Carl Möhner) and the Italian Mario Ferrati (Robert Manuel) and they invite Tony to steal a couple of jewels from the show-window of the famous jewelry Mappin & Webb Ltd, but he declines. Tony finds his former girlfriend Mado (Marie Sabouret), who became the lover of the gangster owner of the night-club L' Âge d' Or Louis Grutter (Pierre Grasset), and he humiliates her, beating on her back and taking her jewels. Then he calls Jo and Mario and proposes a burglary of the safe of the jewelry. They invite the Italian specialist in safes and elegant wolf Cesar (Perlo Vita) to join their team and they plot a perfect heist. They are successful in their plan, but the D. Juan Cesar makes things go wrong when he gives a valuable ring to his mistress.

"Du Rififi Chez les Hommes" is a magnificent film-noir, certainly among the best I have seen. The screenplay has credibility, supported by an awesome direction of Jules Dassin, stunning performances of the cast and great cinematography. Jean Servais has outstanding performance in the role of a criminal with principles guided by the underworld rules. The famous long silent sequence of the heist is amazing and extremely tense and certainly among the best ones of the cinema history. I am listing this great movie in my list of favorite movies ever. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Rififi"


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