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Title:   Touchez Pas Au Grisbi
Director:   Jacques Becker
Year:   1954
Genre:   Crime
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   08.15.06

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Date Viewed Venue Note
08.15.06Paramount I wish I would've seen these yesterday when the order was switched. This one was much more well-known to me... it's on criterion DVD, i've heard it talked about and things like that, but while I enjoyed this I think I liked Classe Tous Risques more.

Jean Gabin plays Max, a career criminal highly respected both for his talent and his loyalty to friends. This time Lino Ventura plays a dope dealer who finds out that Gabin's behind a recent airport robbery netting 50 million in gold bars thanks to Gabin's friend's floozy dame (played by a young Jeanne Moreau). So they kidnap his friend and Gabin has to deal to get him back... some stuff happens and the movie ends.

This is more the type of crime movie I've come to expect. Max has all the answers, the whole underworld is on full display, and the luck of fate plays its hand as bad men do bad things to eachother. Good movie to be sure... I'll probably pick it up on DVD at some point... but with the high hopes and after the complete surprise of Classe Tous Risques... it was a bit of a letdown since it didn't completely blow me away.

It's also either weird coincidence or clever programming on the Paramount's part but a lot of characters share their names between the movies. That, along with Lino being in both and even a few lines in common (a woman asks a man if he loves her in both movies, both to satisfying answers) gave the feeling that these films were cousins somehow. Good double feature, just watch Grisbi first.
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