Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)
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Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)
This strangely-christened French film noir was released in the U.S. as Grisbi. Jean Gabin stars as a racketeer known by the Runyonesque nickname of Max the Liar. Seeking out the finer things in life, Max intends to pull one last job and retire. After stealing a fortune in gold, our "hero" is faced with a crisis of conscience when his best friend (René Dary) is kidnapped and held for a huge ransom. Somehow Max manages to turn the tables on the abductors, but his dreams of a life of ease explode in his face. Up-and-coming leading lady Jeanne Moreau plays a pivotal role as the femme… More
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"It's Gabin's show all the way, anticipating the melancholy, atmospheric gangster pictures of Jean-Pierre Melville that started to appear a couple years later."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The acting is consistently good. M. Gabin is, of course, an old hand at bland toughness. Rene Dary and Paul Frankeur, as two colleagues; Jeanne Moreau and Dora Doll, as two unlucky ladies, and Lino Ventura and Denise Clair... are sordidly convincing."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"The film is often confusing, especially during the first half, but Gabin and Ventura are well cast as hoods and Moreau is as appealing as ever as an underworld temptress."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A diverting curiosity."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"[Becker establishes] day-to-day life patterns that these characters leave behind like sludgy trails. He loads Grisbi with seedy nightclubs, after-hours restaurants, and bachelor apartments where the only on-hand food consists of stale biscuits."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Jacques Becker, who did such a fine job in painting the turn-of-the-century apache milieu in Casque D'Or, brings the same care and psychological overtones to a film on the modern racketeer element."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's not a trace of vanity in [Gabin's] performance."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's those little character moments, balanced between charm and pathos, that make this film such a winner."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"If it isn't the best trip you've ever taken to the dark Montmartre of the 1950s, it's nevertheless a real French noir. Irresistible, in other words."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Trazendo Jean Gabin em uma performance inesquecivelmente cínica, a narrativa jamais deixa de ser fascinante ao retratar um sujeito cujo caráter ambíguo é capaz até mesmo de surpreendê-lo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"This model French gangster picture set the rules for the great sequence of underworld movies from Jean-Pierre Melville that followed."
‑ , Time Out
"Every filmmaker from Francois Truffaut to Quentin Tarantino owes something of a debt to Becker's black-and-white boldness."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"As ripely Parisian as old (1954) Montmartre."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Its crisp black-and-white photography is truly seductive and its stoic celebration of honor among thieves make it one of the definitive French films noir of the '50s."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This portrait of Parisian gangsters, bound by loyalty and a rejection of outsiders, set the style for many that followed."
‑ , Film4
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