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Touchez pas au grisbi

(Grisbi), (Honor Among Thieves)


Jean Gabin, Jeanne Moreau, René Dary, Gaby Basset,

Becker’s heist-film masterpiece was voted the finest French crime movie ever made in a critics’ poll conducted by Positif. Jean Gabin, Jeanne Moreau, and a murderer’s row of French character actors star in this tale of a weary gangster (Gabin) and his partner dealing with a stolen stash of gold bars and the many individuals who’d like to relieve them of it. Becker’s mood of existential fatalism and world-weary toughness prefigures the countless heist films to come; from Jean-Pierre Melville to Jules Dassin and Jean-Luc Godard, Quentin Tarantino to John Woo, filmmakers may be inspired by Grisbi, but have still rarely matched it.

Jason Sanders
  • Jacques Becker
  • Maurice Griffe
  • Albert Simonin
Based On
  • the novel by Albert Simonin

  • Pierre Montazel
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 93 mins
  • Rialto Pictures

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Touchez pas au grisbi (program note), San Francisco International Film Festival, 2005

Touchez pas au grisbi (postcard), Rialto Pictures, 2003

Touchez pas au grisbi (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 2003

Touchez pas au grisbi (review), Variety, Gene Moskowitz, 1954

Jean-Pierre Melville in context (program note), Chris Peachment

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