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

Not Rated  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Jean Servais ...
Carl Möhner ...
Robert Manuel ...
Janine Darcey ...
Pierre Grasset ...
Louis Grutter aka Louis le Tatoué
Robert Hossein ...
Remi Grutter
Marcel Lupovici ...
Pierre Grutter
Dominique Maurin ...
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


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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["Rififi"] ...means Trouble!


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

5 June 1956 (USA)  »

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Rififi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$42,681 (USA) (18 September 2015)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The argot French slang word, "Rififi" is defined loosely as trouble/violent conflict/a brutal show of force, usually in reference to chest puffing and macho tough guy posturing by thugs and criminal element of Paris. See more »


When Tony and Mario go out in the black Citroen to time the drive with a stopwatch, they start out in a car with the standard grille and plate # 2126 DB75, but after the first turn they are in a car with an after-market grille and plate # 3510 BU75. See more »


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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La chanson 'Le Rififi'
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
Music by Philippe-Gérard
Performed by Magali Noël (uncredited)
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Breathtakingly brilliant! Still one of the greatest crime movies ever made.
19 March 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Rififi' is so damn good it takes your breath away! Director Jules Dassin, blacklisted from Hollywood, was living almost hand to mouth in Europe and taking any job he could get, when he made this movie, a project he was initially not at all excited by. Happily he turned around an awful situation and ended up making a classic thriller which is still one of the greatest crime movies ever made. One of the most influential too, having an impact on movies like 'The Killing', 'The Anderson Tapes', 'Thief', 'Reservoir Dogs', 'The Score' and many, many others. 'Rififi' is a classic heist movie but it is much more than that, it is a superbly written and acted character study. The robbery sequence itself is regarded as one of the most impressive in film history, but it is by no means the only thing worth watching this movie for. In fact I'd go so far as to call it perfect. Every time you watch it you discover something more of interest. Jean Servais, who later appeared in the entertaining horror sexploitation movie 'The Devil's Nightmare', is absolutely wonderful as Tony, a veteran criminal talked into joining his young friend Jo (Carl Mohner) in a daring robbery. His performance is first rate, but Mohner and the rest of the cast are equally good, including Drassin himself as Cesar, an Italian safe-cracker who inadvertently causes the gangs ultimate downfall. There's a brilliant scene between Servais and Drassin towards the end of the movie which is short but unforgettable. Look out for it. Truffaut raved about this movie calling it the best Noir he'd ever seen. I don't think he was exaggerating, it really IS that good, and personally I think it's a much better movie than Truffaut's more celebrated 'Breathless'. If you enjoy crime thrillers it doesn't get much better than this! Highly recommended!

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