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Original title
Du rififi chez les hommes
Running time
117 min.
France France
Jules Dassin, René Wheeler, Auguste Le Breton
Georges Auric
Philippe Agostini (B&W)
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Pathé Cinéma
Film noir. Thriller | Crime. Heist Film
Synopsis / Plot
Tony le Stéphanois (Jean Servais) is a grim, hardboiled crook fresh from a stretch in stir for the noble gesture of taking a rap for his younger buddy Jo le Suedois (Carl Mohner), a mug who mixes crime with his role as a family man. Tony tracks down his old flame Mado (Marie Sabouret). When he finds she's been unfaithful, he first makes her strip and then beats her with a belt so hard he leaves permanent scars on her back. A resulting depression prompts him to throw in with Jo and the fun-loving Mario (Robert Manuel) on a risky and complicated jewel heist. The well-planned Caper culminates in a long, realistic, dialogue-free break-in scene that involves cutting through buildings and outwitting a modern alarm system. All goes more than well until imported safecracker Cesar (Jules Dassin, the director) steals an extra little diamond tidbit for the sexy singer (Magali Noel) he's dating.
1955: Cannes: Best Director (Tied with Sergei Vasilyev for "Geroite na Shipka")
1956: National Board of Review: Top Best Foreign Language Films
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