Touchez Pas au Grisbi [1954] [Criterion] (DVD)

Jacques Becker

DVD Currently unavailable


Jean Gabin is at his most wearily romantic as aging gangster Max le Menteur in the Jacques Becker gem Touchez pas au grisbi (Hands Off the Loot!). Having pulled off the heist of a lifetime, Max looks forward to spending his remaining days relaxing with his beautiful young girlfriend. But when Riton (René Dary), Max's hapless partner and best friend, lets word of the loot slip to loose-lipped, two-timing Josy (Jeanne Moreau), Max is reluctantly drawn back into the underworld. A touchstone of the gangster-film genre, Touchez pas au grisbi is also pure Becker, understated, elegant, evocative.

Product Details

  • Starring: Rene Dary, Lino Ventura, Paul Frankeur, Jeanne Moreau, Michel Jourdan
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 01/18/2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 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 Ventuira, and Francois Truffaut
  • 1972 interview excerpt with Lino Ventura
  • Clip from a 1978 interview with composer Jean Wiener
  • New essays by critics Philip Kemp and Geoffrey's O'Brien
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