Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi) (1956)

Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi)



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Gangsters plan to rob the Bank of Belgium. Romance, erotica, suspense and gufire abound in this suspenseful crime drama.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Auguste Le Breton, René Wheeler, Jules Dassin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
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as Viviane

as Louis Grutter

as Remi Grutter

as Pierre Grutter

as Cesar
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Critic Reviews for Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi)

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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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
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The film turns moralistic and sour in the last half, when the thieves fall out.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
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A familiar but effective parable of honor among thieves.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Actually rather overrated, lacking the tension, profundity, and vivid characterisation of similar films.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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There is something else unique about the heist scene: It is the centerpiece of the film, not the climax.

Full Review… | September 27, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi)

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 audience rooting for the criminal's victory in breaking the law. What would any crime movie be without colorful characters that form our core crew. Tony le Stéphanois is a gangster recently released from a 5 year prison term. He's the elder statesman of the group, and the godfather to the son of his close friend Jo. Jo approaches Tony for one last diamond heist. Also joining them are a likeable Italian named Mario. His compatriot, César, offers his safecracking skills. He's played by none other than the director himself under the pseudonym Perlo Vita. The jewelry theft is the centerpiece of the saga, but it's not the climax. The heist is only one component of this adventure. There's a pulse pounding sequence of events that follows that makes this account a satisfying commentary on human weakness. One particularly memorable scene shows the violent consequences of betrayal. There's honor among thieves.


Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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 subtitles at times (black and white film with white/gray lettering), this is a top notch film, and I can see why it is regarded as one of the best and most influential heist films. It's also one of the more artful films of its type too, mostly with how it is constructed and executed.

The plot is pretty standard for this type of film: criminal gets out of jail, gets involved in a lucrative score. All seems perfect, and starts off that way, but thigns fall apart, and all hell breaks loose. Much of this film (either plot or certain elements) has turned up in places such as Heat, Mission: Impossible, and the Ocean's trilogy, among others. Sometimes it is just as homage or reference, other times it seems like theft *cue rimshot*.

This is just some incredibly thrilling and well done stuff. One sequence that is often mentioned is the film's centerpiece: the heist scene. It is roughly a half hour long, and nearly silent (no talking or music, but some occasional sound). Doing things this way really adds to the atmosphere and builds up the suspense and tension to an almost unbearable level.

The final portion of the film involves the fallout of the job, and, for its time, some of this must have seemed rather violent and shocking. Nowadays, not so much, but it's still pretty engaging stuff.

A remake of this has been planend for quite some time, and, if it ever gets made, it could be good, but regardless, do yourself a favor and check this one out. It's truly a marvelous and masterful film.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


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 born in connecticut of russian-jewish parents and grew up in harlem. he moved to europe after being blacklisted in 1950 during production of night and the city. did hollywood learn nothing from the pathetic 1992 remake of that film with robert de niro? gah!!!!!!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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