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Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Director(s): Jacques Becker

Theatrical Release: 1954

Cast: Jean Gabin, Rene Dary, Paul Frankeur, Lino Ventura, Jeanne Moreau, Dora Doll

Genre(s): Thriller, crime, gangs/mafia/triad/yakuza, film noir, Criterion Collection


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Running Time: 96m.

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 (

Criterion Collection DVD #271 Special Features:

+ New, restored high-definition digital transfer

+ 2002 video interview with actor Daniel Cauchy

+ Excerpt from an episode of the French television series Cineastes de notre temps dedicated to Jacques Becker, featuring screenwriter Maurice Griffe, Grisbi author Albert Simonin, actor Lino Ventura, and François Truffaut

+ 1972 interview excerpt with Lino Ventura

+ Clip from a 1978 interview with composer Jean Wiener

+ Theatrical trailer

+ New and improved English subtitle translation