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Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi)

Du Rififi Chez les Hommes (Rififi) (1956)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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Jules Dassin -- in his second European film after being driven out of the United States during the years of the house Un-American Activities Committee hearings -- directed this landmark caper film about the planning and execution of a nighttime robbery at a swanky English jewelry shop in the Rue de Rivoli. The story concerns a collection of thieves who band together to commit a seemingly impossible robbery. The gang consists of a tough, straight-talker named Tony Stephanois (Jean Servais); a

Apr 24, 2001


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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.

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

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

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

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: 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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: 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.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Sandwiched between two great American heist flicks -- John Huston's 1950 The Asphalt Jungle and Stanley Kubrick's 1956 The Killing -- French writer-director Jules Dassin's Rififi employs the three-act structure that works well for any film of this nature.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

The father of all caper films.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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[VIDEO ESSAY] However much associated as a classic film noir, Jules Dassin's adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's pulp novel serves more accurately as the premiere caper film.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source:

This crime-heist film by the blacklisted director Jules Dassin is his masterpiece, a seminal, thoroughly detailed chronicle of a robbery and its violent aftermath that continues to exert influence on the genre.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Ao lado de Bob, O Jogador, este longa é um dos melhores do gênero, tornando-se especialmente brilhante na longa seqüência do roubo, que, sem diálogos ou trilha sonora, revelou-se seminal e inesquecível.

February 8, 2009
Cinema em Cena

Jules Dassin's classic jewel-thief caper of 1955 looks as smart as paint, with its unendurably tense, entirely wordless robbery section.

October 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

The grandfather of all heists movies. Essential.

March 29, 2007

Although 007 has been through his share of danger over the years, he doesn't know rififi like Dassin's film noir.

November 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

A fine example of American film noir via Paris, France.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's one of the most important movies of the 20th century, and one of the very best.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source:

An important film.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Although rooted in an artificial noir landscape, [Rififi] still feels very real today.

October 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

One of the greatest crime movies ever made.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian

The heist in Rififi is a dazzling and suspenseful set-piece.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source:

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.
August 31, 2012

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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.
June 12, 2011
Chris Weber

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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!!!!!!
October 7, 2010
Stella Dallas

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