Pépé le Moko


Pépé le Moko (1937)


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In this film, Pepe le Moko is a well-known criminal mastermind who eludes the French police by hiding in the Kasbah section of Algiers. He knows that he is safe in this labyrinthine netherworld, where he is surrounded by fellow thieves and cutthroats.

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Jean Gabin
as Pepe le Moko
Mireille Balin
as Gaby Gould
Louis Gridoux
as Insp. Slimane
Saturnin Fabre
as Grandfather
Gilbert Gil
as Pierrot
Lucas Gridoux
as Inspector Slimane, Insp. Slimane
Marcel Dalio
as L'Abri, L'Arbi
Phillipe Richard
as Inspector Janvier
as Tania
Olga Lord
as Aicha
Renée Carl
as Mother Tarte
Rene Bergeron
as Insp. Meunier, Inspector Meunier
Charles Granval
as Maxime Kleep
Philippe Richard
as Insp. Janvier
Paul Escoffier
as Commissioner Louvain
Frank Maurice
as An Inspector
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Critic Reviews for Pépé le Moko

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

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

Apr 27, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Film noir as we know (and love) it is just around the corner from here.

Feb 9, 2006

The French original has it all over on the Hollywood version in the way it conveys atmosphere.

Aug 16, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A timeless romantic thriller that steeps us in one of those great artificial movie worlds that become more overpowering than reality itself.

Jun 27, 2002 | Rating: 4/4

Mr. Gabin was no stranger to playing doomed men on film, and his Pépé is the grandest of the damned.

May 23, 2002 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pépé le Moko


Famous French jewel thief Pepe is hiding out in the Casbah in North Africa where he has become the boss of everything ... except his own life, because if he tries to leave the multi-diversity enclave of crooked streets and rooftops the police'll see he does 20 years at the very least. After 2 years the poor guy is going crazy thinking that it'd be better to be nobody back home in the City of Lights than to be king in the African stronghold. With the usual suspects as henchmen, and beauties as alluring bait, this old black and whiter is chock full of nuance, subtlety, and romance. Very entertaining.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Aj V
Aj V

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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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