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

Jules Dassin's second European production following his HUAC blacklisting from Hollywood is considered the first heist film, a sub-genre that would later include the likes of everything from The Asphalt Jungle to The Killing to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 5, 1956
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Viewers become something like collaborators, invested in working out what, say, that umbrella is going to be used for - and then pleased to discover whether we've gotten it right or not.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A familiar but effective parable of honor among thieves.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...portrays a robbery in painstaking detail (and in a way that would not have been permitted by American censors in 1955)...

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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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Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly

If elements of it seem overly familiar now, that's only because they were done first here, and picked up by every heist film that followed.

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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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Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

Jules Dassin doesn't waste much time in expressing exactly what he thinks of the criminals and gangster culture that rule his underworld.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% 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