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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
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 »
At the end of the movie, we can see a newspaper about Angelo's death. Written in french, there are some mispelling in the text.
In the third line : "sur LA bas coté" => correct spelling is "sur LE bas-côté".
In fifth & sixth line : "on réussit" and "on sortit" => correct spellings are "ont réussi" and "ont sorti". See more »
[after being thrown out of the car]
You leaving me here? How am I gonna get back?
Try hunting snails, Daddy-o.
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It would be nonsense to give an order of merit to the three cinematic
masterpieces by director Jacques Becker. However, personally I love "Touchez
pas au grisbi" even more than "Casque d'or" or "Le Trou". In "Touchez pas au
grisbi" we find all we can ask from a Becker's film: splendid
black-and-white cinematography, evocative, romantic atmosphere, brilliant
script, stunning excellence of the actors' job. But here we get more: a
tough, perfectly written gangster-story, swift pace and action blended with
an outstanding psychological design.
The movie is mainly a story of friendship and honor. We have two old pals,
two aged gangsters close to retire: Max (Jean Gabin), smart and clever, well
aware that their best years are over, and Riton (Rene Dary), naive and rash,
unable to accept the end of their youth, even dumb if you want, but
extremely brave and devoted to his friend. Max is constantly grumbling
against Riton and the troubles he causes. He scorns Riton's courage...
brains and good sense, that's the important thing... But when it's the time
for action, we see how deep and touching their friendship is, how ready they
are to sacrifice themselves for each other. In other words, there are
circumstances when only courage and honor count...
According to his usual style, Becker describes the world of criminals as a
weird parallel of the world of "decent people". To be a gangster appears a
job like another: a day at the office. See Max's poise and professional way,
when he negotiates the value of the "grisbi" (the swag) with the receiver.
And when Max is going to face a last-blood gang-war, he quietly leaves a
large sum of money to a trusted bar-maid, in case of need "... to tip
somebody (i.e. police or judges)... to fix possible problems... you know
Inside a story narrated in the most understated way, Becker inserts
unexpected explosions of violence. Take the owner of the Night Club, another
old pal of Max's and Riton's. Poised, always silent, short, fat, with thick
glasses, he seems the less harmful person. Yet, suddenly, and without a
single word of comment, he starts to brutally beat a thug from a rival gang.
And, with the machine-gun, he shows himself even tougher than Max and
Of course, the movie also offers a Gabin's trade-mark scene, when he slaps
everybody, men and women as well. Great stuff: toughness mixed with sense of
humour. Gabin's performance is at the highest level reached in a glorious
What else to add? "Touchez pas au grisbi" is a fantastic masterpiece.
Moreover, I guess that this film is good for all tastes , which probably
can't be said for other Becker's cinematic gems.
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