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Touchez Pas au Grisbi (1954)

Touchez pas au grisbi (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | February 1960 (USA)
An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director:

Jacques Becker

Writers:

Albert Simonin (novel), Jacques Becker (adaptation) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Max dit Max le Menteur
René Dary ... Henri Ducros dit Riton
Dora Doll ... Lola
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Ramon
Marilyn Buferd ... Betty (as Marilyn Bufferd)
Gaby Basset Gaby Basset ... Marinette
Paul Barge Paul Barge ... Eugène (as Barge)
Alain Bouvette Alain Bouvette ... Le chauffeur de taxi (as Bouvette)
Daniel Cauchy ... Fifi
Denise Clair Denise Clair ... Madame Bouche
Angelo Dessy Angelo Dessy ... Bastien
Lucilla Solivani Lucilla Solivani ... Nana - la secrétaire de Pierrot
Michel Jourdan Michel Jourdan ... Marco
Paul Oettly Paul Oettly ... Oscar
Jean Riveyre Jean Riveyre ... Le portier de l'hôtel Moderna
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Storyline

The middle age bon-vivant Max is a former gangster and close friend of his partner Riton. They have stolen eight gold bars of 12 kg each that worth 50-million francs and Max has kept them hidden for their retirement. Riton's mistress Josy is tired of him and has found a new lover to support her, Angelo, who is a dangerous gangster. Riton has made a comment to Josy about the gold and soon Angelo discovers that Max and Riton have the stolen gold. He abducts Riton to force Max to give the gold to him. Will Max exchange his gold for Riton? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

From the demi-mondes of Paris...with its pimps, its pushers, its passions, from the world of "RIFIFI" and "RAZZIA"...an electrifying adventure in suspense! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Rialto Pictures

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grisbi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,674, 7 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$131,548, 12 February 2004
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, we can see a newspaper about Angelo's death. Written in french, there are one misspelling in the text. In the third line : "sur LA bas coté" => correct spelling is "sur LE bas-côté". See more »

Quotes

Fifi: [after being thrown out of the car] You leaving me here? How am I gonna get back?
Max: [laconically] Try hunting snails, Daddy-o.
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A true classic
23 May 2005 | by boardwalk_angelSee all my reviews

"Grisbi" is a true classic...... Highly influential French noir/crime thriller/drama....shamefully obscure & undeservedly overlooked until now...Criterion DVD finally released in January....actually kinda ruined my evening..I had planned on watching another movie after this one..but I didn't want to let this one out of my head yet,..it was that good. 1954 Paris sparkles in glorious black & white..Jean Gabin & the whole cast, including a very young & relatively unknown Jeanne Moreau, is wonderful..Jacque Becker's direction is impeccable.

The great Jean Gabin stars as Max , an aging gangster, who, along with his longtime friend & partner , Riton , has pulled one last job and intends to retire as soon as it's safe to cash in the millions in gold bullion they have stolen. Max is an anachronism...his style, moral code, honor & ways are caught up in changing times...a theme that fans of some of the best American Westerns will recognize in this film...

It'a an absorbing , character-driven story...leading to a lonely highway with guns drawn ..trying to keep from losing everything. Highly recommended.


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