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Touchez Pas Au Grisbi

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What's it About

Max Le Menteur (Gabin) is one of the smoother, more assured gangsters in Paris. He thinks and lives big, but always keeps his mouth shut. Ready to retire after a big gold heist, Max is plunged back into his old dangerous life after friend and partner Riton (Dary) lets his tongue slip about the loot to his pretty but talkative girlfriend, played by a youthful Moreau. She then tips off a rival crook named Angelo (Ventura), and the real trouble begins.

Why we love it

Jacques Becker's tight, intelligent thriller out-noirs most American entries. The magnetic presence of Gabin, France's answer to Tracy and Bogart, helps immeasurably. Gabin's Max is tough as they come, but also shows a human side in his unwavering loyalty to careless pal Riton. Becker keeps the yarn unraveling at a brisk pace, as Max's long-awaited retirement remains suspended in mid-air. Eye-catching Paris locale adds flavor to this juicy crime classic.  

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"