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Rififi (1955)

Du rififi chez les hommes (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 5 June 1956 (USA)
Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes...

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Robert Manuel ...
Janine Darcey ...
Pierre Grasset ...
Louis Grutter aka Louis le Tatoué
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Remi Grutter
Marcel Lupovici ...
Pierre Grutter
Dominique Maurin ...
Tonio
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Viviane
Marie Sabouret ...
Mado les Grands Bras
Claude Sylvain ...
Ida Ferrati
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$57,226 (USA) (27 November 2015)
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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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When the "modest" Mario gets out of the bathtub, one can see briefly that he has boxing shorts on. 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 »

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Le Rififi
Music by Philippe-Gérard
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
Performed by Magali Noël
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Simply stunning.
6 November 2002 | by (Newcastle, England) – See all my reviews

I see alot of movies at the cinema (103 so far this year) and I have to say that this is by far and away the best film I have seen this year, even though it was released back in 1954!

I sat in awe and watched this work of genius and felt quite ashamed that I had never even heard of it before my local art house cinema decided to show it for a week on what looked like a new print.

The best part of the whole movie has to be the 28 minute break in where there is no speech and no music, merely the sound of the men carrying out the heist. Pure quality.

Although really dark in places it is lightened with the dry humour.

Not many films score 10 out of 10 but this does and also gets a gold star for effort!!

If you ever get a chance to see this movie, please do not hesitate, it's a classic.


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