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

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, 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!


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Release Date:

5 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rififi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$53,719 (USA) (20 November 2015)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The jewels stolen during the heist were genuine ones loaned by jeweler Jean Dusausoy, on condition they would be protected by the police. See more »


When the injured Tony is driving through the streets, in several shots, every person on the sidewalk in the background is looking at the car and the camera vehicle doing the filming. 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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Referenced in Le Cercle Rouge (1970) See more »


La chanson 'Le Rififi'
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
Music by Philippe-Gérard
Performed by Magali Noël (uncredited)
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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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