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Pépé le Moko

Pépé le Moko (1937)

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Average Rating: 8.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 0

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Pepe le Moko (Jean Gabin) is a well-known criminal mastermind who eludes the French police by hiding in the Casbah section of Algiers. He knows he is safe in this labyrinthine netherworld, where he is surrounded by his fellow thieves and cutthroats. Police inspector Slimane (Lucas Gridoux), who has developed a grudging respect for Pepe, bides his time, waiting for Pepe to try to leave the Casbah. When Gaby Gould (Mirielle Balin), a Parisian tourist, falls in love with Pepe, the inspector hopes

Jan 7, 2003

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

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Film noir as we know (and love) it is just around the corner from here.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The French original has it all over on the Hollywood version in the way it conveys atmosphere.

August 16, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

August 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.

June 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Mr. Gabin was no stranger to playing doomed men on film, and his Pépé is the grandest of the damned.

May 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Director Julien Duvivier took the conventional mix of love and bullets and made it into dark poetry.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Captures the vibrancy of colonial Northern Africa with intimate sensual detail

April 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

am most amazed at how well it has survived the test of time.

March 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

the film that made consummate French actor Jean Gabin a star

January 26, 2003
Q Network Film Desk

You have to like a movie that was the true inspiration to that famous animated skunk Pépé le Pew.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It's not just an important film; it's also great entertainment, a compelling screen romance -- and one of the best places to see hunky Jean Gabin at the height of his career.

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

A delicious ensemble piece.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An irresistibly entertaining drama of dreamy, doom-laden romantic fatalism, a vividly atmospheric film noir years before noir was cool.

August 19, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Retains its power to amuse and enthrall 65 years after its debut.

August 16, 2002
Reel.com

Excitingly filmed with North African footage mixed with superb sets.

July 26, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A vehicle for Jean Gabin whose quicksilver charm hasn't aged in over 60 years.

April 18, 2002
New Times

[Gabin] magnetically holds the viewer just as Pepe rules the casbah -- with suavity, charm, machismo and a powerful aura of fallen divinity.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
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Audience Reviews for Pépé le Moko

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 but it is also a testament to Gabin's unique talent as a screen actor.
January 17, 2008
brooklynspo

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Okay foreign movie, but I should really watch it again before I write more about it.
September 15, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

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 would remake this almost shot for shot as algiers with charles boyer, changing only the ending. fools. btw this was released in 1936, not 1941 as flixster would have us believe
October 12, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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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 I really love. The camera work and atmosphere were great and it's a nice anti hero story which was cool to see. There are some parts that bother me, but I am starting to think that the things that bother me in films like this are petty and maybe I just need to enjoy them for what they are.
November 8, 2008
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