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)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$57,226 (USA) (27 November 2015)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dassin also claims that he was brought in on the project because of his situation (the Hollywood blacklist). The novel's characters were all North Africans and at the time France was experiencing much trouble with Algeria. This was seen as possibly inflammatory so the producers wanted an American director to soften it by making them Americans instead. Dassin asked if they'd considered simply making them Frenchmen. They had not. 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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Spoofed in Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) See more »


La chanson 'Le Rififi'
Lyrics by Jacques Larue
Music by Philippe-Gérard
Performed by Magali Noël (uncredited)
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It's not just the heist scene
9 January 2003 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

Rififi deservedly gets a lot of mention for the famous heist scene, and, indeed, that scene deserves all the credit it gets. It's a masterful piece of suspense, character interaction and photography. But Rififi isn't just this one scene - every scene in the film is as masterfully put together, and as a whole, the film is not only taught with suspense, plot and character, but an adroitly told moral tale that set the scene for film noire for years to come.

Cinematically and technically, the heist sequence may be the most impressive scene of the film, but for me, it's the final scene that holds the most power - Tony le Stéphanois's hallucinogenic drive towards redemption.

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