Pépé le Moko
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Pepe le Moko (Jean Gabin) is a well-known criminal mastermind who eludes the French police by hiding in the Casbah section of Algiers. He knows he is safe in this labyrinthine netherworld, where he is surrounded by his fellow thieves and cutthroats. Police inspector Slimane (Lucas Gridoux), who has developed a grudging respect for Pepe, bides his time, waiting for Pepe to try to leave the Casbah. When Gaby Gould (Mirielle Balin), a Parisian tourist, falls in love with Pepe, the inspector hopes to use this relationship to his advantage. He tells Gaby that Pepe has been killed, knowing that the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Interesting movement holds through the entirety. Life in the native quarter, with its squalor and intrigues, is particularly well presented and photographed."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Pepe le Moko, made in 1937, begins with that tinny, swooning French soundtrack music that conjures up European movies before the war, but it isn't until a few minutes later that you realize you're in for something special."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Director Julien Duvivier took the conventional mix of love and bullets and made it into dark poetry."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"the film that made consummate French actor Jean Gabin a star"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A delicious ensemble piece."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Film noir as we know (and love) it is just around the corner from here."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out
"A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Captures the vibrancy of colonial Northern Africa with intimate sensual detail"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"You have to like a movie that was the true inspiration to that famous animated skunk Pépé le Pew."
‑ Matt Langdon, Filmcritic.com
"An irresistibly entertaining drama of dreamy, doom-laden romantic fatalism, a vividly atmospheric film noir years before noir was cool."
‑ Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner
"The French original has it all over on the Hollywood version in the way it conveys atmosphere."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mr. Gabin was no stranger to playing doomed men on film, and his Pépé is the grandest of the damned."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"am most amazed at how well it has survived the test of time."
‑ Steven Snyder, Zertinet Movies
"It's not just an important film; it's also great entertainment, a compelling screen romance -- and one of the best places to see hunky Jean Gabin at the height of his career."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Retains its power to amuse and enthrall 65 years after its debut."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
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