Video Release: March 8, 2001
Theatrical Release: 1954
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Home Vision
- Digitally Processed
- Runtime: 118 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in French
- Released in English
A banner film that broke through standards of accepted language, dialogue, gun violence, and crime on screen and stylized the film noir genre, Jules Dassin's 1954 film RIFIFI was an instant success. Based on the novel of the same title, DU RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES by Auguste le Breton, the film's use of hard-boiled slang and the gangster garb of trench coats, top hats, and a cigarette dangling from one corner of the mouth went on to become the emblems of Humphrey Bogart-style noir classics.
In RIFIFI, a hardened man, Tony le Stephanois (Jean Servais) is released from prison after five years to find that his woman has shacked up with another gangster, and the life he had planned to return to no longer exists. Down on his luck and without a dime in his pocket, he rounds up his old crime buddies--who drink and smoke all night assembled around the poker table--and agrees to commit one last crime: a jewel heist. For weeks the men plan, studying the alarm system and working out each detail of the break-in. When it actually comes time to perform the robbery, their actions are perfectly choreographed, their methods precise and successful, and they walk away untouched with millions of dollars of jewels. However, there's a hitch, and what was meant to be the perfect crime turns into a nasty gang war resulting in a blood bath on the glorious streets of 1950s Paris.
A famous foreign crime-suspense drama about four thieves who succeed in a daring robbery, only to later betray each other.
Production companies: Indus Films, S.N. PathT CinTma, and Prima Films.
Additional cast: Marcel Lupovici (Pierre Grutter), Dominique Maurin (Tonio), Claude Sylvain (Ida), Teddy Bilis (Teddy Levantin), Armandel, Alain Bouvette, Alice Garand, AndrT Dalibert, Jacques David, Emile Genevois Marcel Lesieur, Daniel Mendaille, Huguette MontrTal, Lita Recio, Marcel RouzT, and Gilbert Moreau.
Additional crew: Raymond Lemoigne (camera assistant), Jean-Marie Maillols (camera operator), and RenT G. Vuattoux (production manager).