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 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
Michel Jourdan Michel Jourdan ... Marco
Paul Oettly Paul Oettly ... Oscar
Jean Riveyre Jean Riveyre ... Le portier de l'hôtel Moderna
Delia Scala ... Hughette - la secrétaire d'Oscar
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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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It Bristles With Violence! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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According to Daniel Cauchy ("Fifi"), his character was originally supposed to remain in the car until the classic showdown between Lino Ventura and Jean Gabin. He was commuting by air between another film being shot in Paris and this one, but director Jacques Becker thought it would be more expedient to have Gabin's character throw him out of the car before that. See more »

Goofs

In the newspaper at the end of the movie, they said "Police recovered suitcases containing gold bars stolen". Gold melt around 1064° C (1947 ° F), and when a car burns, the temperature can exceed 1200° C (2192 ° F). That means they couldn't find the gold bars (neither the suitcases) but only a molted gold clusters. 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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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1999) See more »

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Le Grisbi
Music by Jean Wiener
Lyrics by Marc Lanjean
Performed by Jean Wetzel
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influential French film noir
19 September 2003 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

The title of this French film noir is slang for "loot". Jean Gabin stars as racketeer Max. Seeking out the finer things in life, Max intends to pull one last job and retire. After stealing a fortune in gold, our hero is faced with a crisis of conscience when his best friend (Rene Dary) is kidnapped and held for a huge ransom, the proceeds of this last job. Max manages to turn the tables on the abductors, but his dreams of a life of ease explode in his face. Up-and-coming leading lady Jeanne Moreau plays a pivotal role as the femme fatale who leads Dary into the hands of his kidnappers.

An intriguing film that inverts many of the film noir cliches. The heist which drives the film's plot has already occurred when the film starts, which has the effect of shifting the film's focus from the crime itself to the consequences of leading a life of crime. The characters are portrayed less like criminals than businessmen, calmly going about the business of earning a living. As a result, the few scenes of violence that occur are more shocking than they would be in a more routine crime film. An intriguing film that clearly influenced subsequent French crime films, especially Jules Dassin's "Rififi" and Jean-Pierre Melville's "Bob le Flambeur".


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Official Sites:

Rialto Pictures

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Touchez Pas au Grisbi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,674, 7 September 2003

Gross USA:

$131,548

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,548
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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