Pépé le Moko
Pépé le Moko (1937)

In this film, Pepe le Moko is a well-known criminal mastermind who eludes the French police by hiding in the Kasbah section of Algiers. He knows that he is safe in this labyrinthine netherworld, where he is surrounded by fellow thieves and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 28, 1937
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2003
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Variety Staff

Interesting movement holds through the entirety. Life in the native quarter, with its squalor and intrigues, is particularly well presented and photographed.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Sean Axmaker

Gabin is marvelous as the confident yet restless Pépé, a cultured man equal parts elegance and edgy brutality at home in this urban jungle but restless to escape.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

Film noir as we know (and love) it is just around the corner from here.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.

Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

It's about Paris--though not a single scene is either set or shot there.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The French original has it all over on the Hollywood version in the way it conveys atmosphere.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

Mr. Gabin was no stranger to playing doomed men on film, and his Pépé is the grandest of the damned.

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TV Guide

Director Julien Duvivier took the conventional mix of love and bullets and made it into dark poetry.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Jean Gabin rules. Almost everyone else in this movie is a "type" while Gabin feels like a human being. I'm sure that's largely by design… More
Stella Dallas
atmospheric and cynical proto-noir with an iconic performance by jean gabin as the tragic antihero trapped by his illusions. just a few years later, hollywood… More
Kevin M. Williams
Famous French jewel thief Pepe is hiding out in the Casbah in North Africa where he has become the boss of everything ... except his own life, because if he… More
Tim Sigur
I love Jean Gabin. I think he was way ahead of his time as far as acting. This is an interesting film that you could tell had a strong effect on some films that… More
Aj V
Okay foreign movie, but I should really watch it again before I write more about it.
Ken Stachnik
Great character driven tragedy about master criminal Pepe Le Moko! A great performance by Gabin that defines tough guy nihilism. One of films original badass… More