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Criterion Coll: Touchez Pas Au Grisbi [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jean Gabin , René Dary , Jacques Becker    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll, Vittorio Sanipoli, Marilyn Buferd
  • Directors: Jacques Becker
  • Writers: Jacques Becker, Albert Simonin, Maurice Griffe
  • Producers: Robert Dorfmann
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006HC0I2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jean Gabin in a classic French Gangster Flic 20 Nov 2006
By steve b
The film starts with Max (Jean Gabin) and Riton (Rene Dary) as a couple of aging crooks who have pulled off a bullion robbery which will allow them to retire. Riton however does not want to retire he wants to carry on chasing women and clubing the night away. Max however knows that time is catching up with him and looks forward to leaving his life of crime.

In steps Angelo (Lino Ventura) as a younger gangster to wishes to cut himself into their grisbi (loot). Angelo has Riton kidnapped and offers to trade him for the stolen gold. Will Max be true to his mate Riton and his underworld code or will he keep the gold and be rid of Riton who as he says has been holding him back for years? The answer is never in doubt as Max sets out to free Riton. Max's underworld code demands loyalty to ones friends above everything else.

What makes this film so great is Jean Gabin as Max. Max may be getting on but he not a man you would cross. He thinks nothing of torturing a rival gangster or hitting a woman if loyalty to Riton demands it.

What also sets this film apart is that we see why Max is a criminal. It is because crime does pay. Max has two flats, he has good clothes, eats at smart restaurants and sleeps with beautiful women. Compare this with White Heat where Jimmy Cagney spends most of time hinding out in the mountains even after a succesful robbery.

The fifties and sixties were a golden age for French crime films and Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands of the Loot) is one of the best.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabin and Becker at their melancholy best 7 Mar 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Seen today, Touchez Pas Au Grisbi seems like Jean Gabin's last great role, but in 1954 it was seen as his comeback after a slew of disappointing post-war films that were generally fairly average on their own merits even when not compared to his remarkable run of pre-war classics. Certainly he was the right actor at the right time when his career, like the old-school thief he plays, was beginning to look like it was over. The old Gabin is still recognisable but the rot has set in, and it's that combination of a class act that has outlived his time that makes his perfect casting performance so remarkable. He's a bit of a moaner and feels his age: constantly weary, he's got to that time in his life when he wants to go to bed early because if he stays up after midnight he feels like he's working overtime. Far from the doomed romantics he specialised in during his Thirties prime, he's a faded man edging into the shadows - in one remarkable shot even a lit match casts no light on his face - in a film that takes a lot of the glamour off both its star and its genre. He and his longtime, not too smart partner have pulled their last job before the film even starts, and the inevitable violence and tragedy come from his attempts to keep his newly acquired `pension' - the grisbi (loot) of the title - from rival crooks.

There's no romance or honour among thieves here. From the clubs where the `dancers' do little more than walk across the stage to the restaurants that shun the slumming socialite crowd, it's a mediocre, artificial world they inhabit, where packs of criminals aren't loyal unless it suits them, where almost everyone either expresses disappointment or hides behind insincere clichéd expressions of admiration and loyalty.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caper movie in the grand French tradition 13 April 2008
Jean Gabin plays an ageing villain who has the grisbi (loot) from a bullion robbery in the Paris of 1953. Betrayed by his partner's young girlfriend (Jeanne Moreau) to the nasty Angelo (Lino Ventura who was to chase Gabin again in The Sicilian Clan) Gabin has to come up with a plan to recover friends and retain the loot. The film has a feel of Bob le Flameur meets Rififi but plenty of its own individual twists and turns. If you are looking for a grittily realistic gangster movie then you are in the wrong area, but you are still in for an entertaining film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gabin's Comeback Vehicle 13 April 2011
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Touchez Pas au Grisbi," ("Don't Touch the Loot,") (1954). In another triumph of classic French cinema, Jacques Becker's tight - 94 minutes--black and white action/ crime thriller/film noir stars Jean Gabin( La Grande Illusion - Special Edition [DVD], Le Jour Se Leve [DVD]) as Max, called le Menteur, an aging, world-weary gentlemanly gangster who believes he can retire after he and his friend Henri Ducros, known as Riton, make a big score: eight bars of gold, then worth 50 million francs. But he soon discovers that a competitor has his eye on the takings: brutal crime boss Angelo Fraiser (Lino Ventura,The Sicilian Clan [DVD] ), who heard about the job from round-heeled chorus girl Josy, (Jeanne Moreau,Jules and Jim Jules Et Jim [DVD] [1962]).

Becker (Casque D'Or [DVD], Le Trou [DVD]), is known to have enjoyed making gangster flicks, and he made a few. This one, filmed in a Paris that seems to sparkle, is, in fact, as dark, gritty, and exciting as any he made. It was a hit when released, despite the fact that, at that time, it was considered to have no stars. Gabin had had a number of flops, and was perceived as being washed-up: this movie proved his comeback vehicle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Très Noir!
Touchez Pas au Grisbee is a classic tale involving rival gangs squabbling over a haul of loot which ageing gangster Jean Gabin, who wants to get out of the crime business, has... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian S. Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed and taste
Touchez pas au grisbi (Jacques Becker, 1954, 94')

Produced by Robert Dorfmann
Written by Jacques Becker, Maurice Griffe, Albert Simonin
Starring Jean Gabin,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr René Codoni
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice..!
This movie evokes a time and place long gone and it's great to see the vintage streets, cars, juke boxes, heads and especially babes..! Read more
Published 20 months ago by SeaWasp
2.0 out of 5 stars poor and unconvincing
Dated of course,I expected that.But the spectacle of two aging gangster/playboy types addressing their women with teenage type "cool" comments ,frankly left me cold. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2012 by Ra Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Gabin's Triumphant Return To Form
Jacques Becker's 1954 film Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (or, in English, the much less impressive 'Don't touch the loot') is an excellent example of a 'late Noir' gangster film and... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars A film of brilliant details
As Truffaut stated, this is really more a film about friendship and aging than about gangsters.

Jean Gabin is brilliant as Max, the elegant, dignified underworld leader... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by K. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars stylish French cinema
I first saw Touchez pas au Grisbi some years ago, and the style of the movie, as opposed to its content stuck in my mind. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Dsf
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable French gangster film!
I watched this to be honest with no expectations. Having watched Rififi, which I particularly enjoyed for its excitement and realism, and having watched Bob le Flambeur, which I... Read more
Published on 14 May 2011 by T. S. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Stylistic French Gangster Movie
A simple enough story-line - rival firm of gangsters after the recently acquired loot of Max played with great style and panache by Jean Gabin. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by Glen1975
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Film
Not just a 1950s crime flick but a film that works on many levels, having a lot to say about the passing of time, loyalty and personal integrity. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2010 by J Beeston
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