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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
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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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["Rififi"] ...means Trouble!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

5 June 1956 (USA)  »

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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The argot slang that the novel was written in was incomprehensible to writer/director Jules Dassin, so much so that he had to have his agent who suggested it, read it to him. The producer initially refused because he had been courting a woman for some time and had "plans" that night. Dassin told him that he'd lost his woman and that he had to come over and read it to him (which he did). When he finally understood the story he claims that he was "shocked" by its content (the story involves necrophilia, amongst other things) and was prepared to tell Henri Bérard that he didn't want to do the film. What changed his mind was his blacklist-induced poverty. He then cut Auguste Le Breton's novel down to a story of a heist (which was only a small element of the actual story). Le Breton was infuriated and came to Dassin and asked, "Where is my book?". Dassin explained the situation to him, but Le Breton ignored him and simply repeated "Where is my book?" until eventually drawing a pistol and placing it on the table as a threat. Dassin claims that the threat of violence over such a matter and the appearance of Le Breton was so ridiculous that he simply broke out with laughter. Le Breton then laughed and the two got along fine, despite the disagreement. See more »

Goofs

When they do timings by car during the heist preparation, the car changes in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Louise: You're not the only one that had an unhappy childhood, there are millions like you, and, in my eyes, *they* are the tough ones, not you!
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Connections

Spoofed in Ratataa (1956) 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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the absolute best
14 December 2004 | by (san francisco) – See all my reviews

If any film approaches perfection, this is the one. Pound for pound and scene for scene it is the best. The only others even close are the Maltese Falcon and Asphalt Jungle, but this is the baby that beats even them. For sheer black and white beauty it is the equal of Asphalt, and just never lets up. Its ending is one of the best of all time, easily the equal of Citizen Kane. And making it even more amazing it that it was cobbled together in desperation: and made for practically nothing. In short, a bloody miracle.

It builds beautifully. Everything in it works, even down to the great music of George Auric.

Shot in early winter or late spring, it is authentic down to the white gangster breaths on the air. Paris never looked more dangerously beautiful.

Of all the films I have ever seen, it is the only one I would give a nine and a half to. And since most of it works very well without comment, probably it is best to just say, watch it and behold.


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