Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)
Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot) (1954)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1954
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2005
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

There's not a trace of vanity in [Gabin's] performance.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's those little character moments, balanced between charm and pathos, that make this film such a winner.

Time Out

This model French gangster picture set the rules for the great sequence of underworld movies from Jean-Pierre Melville that followed.

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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Every filmmaker from Francois Truffaut to Quentin Tarantino owes something of a debt to Becker's black-and-white boldness.

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David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

As ripely Parisian as old (1954) Montmartre.

Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
an excellent crime story. gabin plays a solid lead and scala is sexy in her limited role in a film that caught me by suprise. only loosely a heist film, it is… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Touchez Pas Au Grisbi" is unlike most other heist films in that it concerns itself solely with the aftermath of a heist and not… More
Pierluigi Puccini
There are more worries in the life of a gangster besides money. There's love, loyalty, friendship, and the most implacable killer of all: time itself, the… More
Tom S.
Very procedural. I feel like this must have had a fair amount of influence on later Melville. But where the procedure humanizes characters here, it usually has… More
Stella Dallas
this is just an outstanding piece of crime drama and paved the way for many great french gangster films to come, including dassin's rififi and… More