Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)


Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)

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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 retire. After stealing a fortune in gold, our "hero" is faced with a crisis of conscience when his best friend (René Dary) is kidnapped and held for a huge ransom. Somehow Max manages to turn the tables on the abductors, but his dreams of a life of ease explode in his face. Up-and-coming leading lady Jeanne Moreau plays a pivotal role as the femme fatale who leads Dary into the hands of his kidnappers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)

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  • 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.

    Jan 23, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 23, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • 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.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There's not a trace of vanity in [Gabin's] performance.

    Feb 6, 2004 | Rating: 4/4
  • Every filmmaker from Francois Truffaut to Quentin Tarantino owes something of a debt to Becker's black-and-white boldness.

    Jan 16, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Touchez Pas au Grisbi (Hands Off the Loot)

  • Sep 02, 2011
    Gabin's comeback to the gangster genre is a powerful examination of the constant obstacles in the life of a former criminal who has waited for a long time for retirement, and how the consequences of what was once a forgotten past comes abruptly to haunt the present. As usual as the plot may sound, this approach was an unusual turn, especially in the 50s, the decade I'd catalogue as the best for crime French films. We get an engrossing and absorbing look into those other human details that concern even a gangster, and Becker's direction is a marvellous one for the job. Be it as it may, Gabin is the only actor in history that can have a huge sex appeal despite his age, wear pajamas and smoke a cigarette with so much style, and be a terrific face slapper, all at the same time. Now that's what being a cinema legend is all about! 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2010
    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 the opposite effect in Melville.
    Tom S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2009
    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 fairly similar to much of melvilles great work. im glad i bought the film because i know i will rewatch it many times.
    danny d Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2008
    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 way it undermines and vanishes every human being no matter how strong or resolute he/she used to be. Jean Gabin plays the elegant and charismatic Max, an aging criminal mentor who finds his way to retirement full of bumps. After pulling out the heist that Max thought would end up his occupation for good, Max's best friend Riton tells his girlfriend (a very young Jeanne Moreau) about their last job. Unfortunately, this leak of information given by the incompetent Riton leads to his kidnapping by Max's competitor Angelo (Lino Ventura) who will demand their last job's loot for ransom. It will all be decided in a tense and masterfully shot gun battle. An engrossing masterpiece with phenomenal direction, acting and cinematography.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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