Rent Rififi (1955)

4.0 of 5 from 168 ratings
1h 54min
Rent Rififi (aka Du rififi chez les hommes) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Jean Servais is Tony le Stephanois, a master thief with a battered face and a tubercular cough, souvenirs of a recent stint in the pen. The ageing Tony is reluctant to return to a life of crime, but when he realizes his girlfriend has thrown him over for a rival gangster, he agrees to attempt one last job. Together with three collaborators – a young father, a boisterous Franco-Italian and a sentimental Milanese safecracker – Tony meticulously engineers his biggest heist yet: robbing the most heavily guarded jewelry store in Paris.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
René Bezard, Henri Bérard, Pierre Cabaud
Writers:
Auguste Le Breton, Jules Dassin
Aka:
Du rififi chez les hommes
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
France, Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

1955 Cannes Best Director

BBFC:
Release Date:
21/04/2003
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Stunning new digital transfer with fully restored picture and sound
  • Q and A with Jules Dassin at the NFT
  • Interview with the Director Jules Dassin
  • Original theatrical trailer (1955)
  • Production stills
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/05/2011
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Ginette Vincendeau Introduction
  • Jules Dassin Interview
  • Q & A with Jules Dassin
  • Trailer

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Reviews (4) of Rififi

Don't say a word. - Rififi review by RhysH

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27/05/2017

I cannot remember a film in which the opening credits received such a gloriously over the top score. It sets the mood for the film you are about to see and yet during the most dramatic scene, the thirty minute burglary, there is no background score and indeed any dialogue.

The performances are excellent, in particular Jean Servais the ex-con with the tortured deadpan face.

There is violence aplenty but not in the graphic way of modern films. The deaths are made more poignant without the gory details

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Deservedly a Classic - Rififi review by TE

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22/11/2017

A fine entry in the tradition of hard-boiled crime tales. The b/w print is excellent and the narrative is taut, even in the long near-silent robbery scene.

Rififi is more of a 'grown-ups' film than many US and British equivalents. The belt whipping of the lead female character is challenging, as is the dangerous position the small child is put in. However, most of the violence is not visually explicit.

"Rififi" has to be one of the great movie titles: the meaning of the word is hinted at in a slinky nightclub song, but we are left to sweep the whole plot and the journey of the characters into that one word.

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Trenchcoats and Trilbys - Rififi review by AH

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15/03/2019

This is the ultimate heist movie. It scores five stars all the way. A brilliant piece of film making, set in 1950s Paris.

The ingenious plot trips along at a sprightly pace with never a dull moment. The characters are strong, convincing and well acted: even the little boy is brilliant. Unusually, the meticulously prepared robbery is shown in detail, in almost total silence. The violence is implicit but is always cleverly concealed. C'est magnifique.

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