Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi)
Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi) (1956)

Gangsters plan to rob the Bank of Belgium. Romance, erotica, suspense and gufire abound in this suspenseful crime drama.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 24, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

It took an experienced US director, Jules Dassin, who has lived in France some years, to give the French gangster pic the proper tension, mounting and treatment. This pic has something intrinsically Gallic without sacrificing the rugged storytelling.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Actually rather overrated, lacking the tension, profundity, and vivid characterisation of similar films.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Sandwiched between two great American heist flicks -- John Huston's 1950 The Asphalt Jungle and Stanley Kubrick's 1956 The Killing -- French writer-director Jules Dassin's Rififi employs the three-act structure that works well for any film of this nature.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film turns moralistic and sour in the last half, when the thieves fall out.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

This is perhaps the keenest crime film that ever came from France, including Pepe le Moko and some of the best of Louis Jouvet and Jean Gabin.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The father of all caper films.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A familiar but effective parable of honor among thieves.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There is something else unique about the heist scene: It is the centerpiece of the film, not the climax.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] However much associated as a classic film noir, Jules Dassin's adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's pulp novel serves more accurately as the premiere caper film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
Rififi is a masterpiece employing unknown, but engaging actors that bring life to a story that is endlessly entertaining. You gotta love a script that has the… More
Elvira B
Rififi is a truly absorbing, brilliantly executed film by French filmmaker Jules Dassin. In it, a group of four thieves plan the perfect heist, but are… More
Chris Weber
This is a (French) film noir heist thriller....could it really get any better than that? No, not really. Aside from the fact that it was difficult to read the… More
Randy Tippy
Vintage 1955 French film noir that's reminiscent of <i>The Asphalt Jungle</i> (1950). Jean Servais brings a certain ambiance to the lead role… More
Stella Dallas
the awful news of a remake starring al pacino has just ruined my day D: and for those who don't know, dassin wasn't a french filmmaker at all. he was… More
Rubia Carolina
Fantastic with all that a noir film has: the loner, troubled and pessimistic protagonist; the femme fatale; the nice wife; a corrpupt world; the perfect crime.… More