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Touchez Pas au Grisbi(Touchez pas au grisbi)

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France, Italy · 1954
1h 35m
Director Jacques Becker
Starring Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli
Genre Crime, Drama

Gentleman gangster Max and his partner, Riton, pull off their last, most successful heist and find themselves comfortable enough to retire in the style they enjoy. However, Max confides the details of the theft to his younger mistress, Josey, who has secretly taken up with rival gangster Angelo.

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TV Guide Magazine by

Often confusing, especially during the first half, but Gabin and Ventura are well cast as hoods.


Boston Globe by Janice Page

Roughly translated, Touchez pas au Grisbi means ''don't touch the loot.'' But in literal terms, this film version of Albert Simonin's blockbuster really couldn't care less who ends up with the cash.


L.A. Weekly by Jon Strickland

Grisbi is hard (new subtitles bring out the chill of the gangsters' argot) and gray: a meditation on what we are left with when life has let us down, played out in the haunted eyes of Jean Gabin.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Jean Gabin wasn't yet 50 when he starred as a big-time, high-style gangster hoping to retire, but he still looks pretty wasted, and this pungent tale about aging and friendship, adapted from a best-selling noir thriller by Albert Simonin, would be hard to imagine without his puffy features.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Max is played by Jean Gabin, named "the actor of the century" in a French poll, in Jacques Becker's Touchez Pas au Grisbi, a 1954 French crime film that uncannily points the way toward Jean-Pierre Melville's great "Bob Le Flambeur" the following year.

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