Touchez Pas Au Grisbi

Directed by Jacques Becker
Year: 1938
Running Time: 91 minutes
Country: France
Language: French

Jacques Becker’s (Le Trou) TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI occupies a significant part in French cinema history; it exerted a huge influence on subsequent directors such as Jean-Pierre Melville (Le Doulos), Henri Verneuil (The Sicilian Clan) and Claude Sautet (Classe Tous Risques). Max (Jean Gabin, Port of Shadows) is an aging gangster who manages to pull off his final heist, a spectacular gold bullion robbery at Orly airport. All is well until Max’s former girlfriend Josy (Jeanne Moreau, Viva Maria!) tips off a rival gangster, Angelo (Lino Ventura, Razzia Sur La Chnouf). Angelo kidnaps Max’s partner and best friend and threatens to kill him unless Max hands over the loot from his robbery. TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI was the birth the French policier, a European transposition of the fantastic American gangster films and film noirs of the 1940s. Based on a book by Albert Simonin (Cold Sweat) and beautifully shot in striking black-and-white by Pierre Montazel (Hi-Jack Highway).

Cast
Jean Gabin
Lino Ventura
Jeanne Moreau
René Dary
Paul Frankeur
Daniel Cauchy
Dora Doll
Vittorio Sanipoli
Marilyn Buferd
Delia Scala

Crew
Directed by Jacques Becker