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Rififi / Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
8.70 /10
Jean Servais , Carl Mohner, Robert Manuel
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Directed by: Jules Dassin
Written by: Jules Dassin, Rene Wheeler, Auguste Le Breton from Le Breton's novel

Released: 1955
Origin: France
Colour: BW
Length: 116

Four criminals plan and execute a jewel robbery, with unforeseen results.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The blacklisted American director Jules Dassin went to France and made this tense thriller with one of the most famous robbery sequences ever - it takes up a sizeable chunk of the film, and there isn't a word of dialogue or note of background music. The brilliantly executed heist scene has been imitated many times - most memorably, perhaps, in Mission: Impossible (1996).

Though the security measures which the thieves overcome now look laughably tame, Rififi was violent and realistic for its time, with memorably sleazy scenes of the Parisian underworld.

The film takes half its length to get going, but from the heist onwards it is intensely gripping. It won Dassin Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival.

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