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Jules Dassin -- in his second European film after being driven out of the United States during the years of the house Un-American Activities Committee hearings -- directed this landmark caper film about the planning and execution of a nighttime robbery at a swanky English jewelry shop in the Rue de Rivoli. The story concerns a collection of thieves who band together to commit a seemingly impossible robbery. The gang consists of a tough, straight-talker named Tony Stephanois (Jean Servais); a young man under Tony's tutelage named Jo (Carl Mohner; a happy-go-lucky Italian by the name of Mario Farrati (Robert Manuel); and a safecracker named Cesar (the director Jules Dassin under the pseudonym of Perlo Vita) who likes to jiggle the combinations of women in his off hours. The set piece of the film is an intricate 28-minute sequence that depicts the robbery in detail -- all filmed silently without dialogue or music. After the success of the robbery, the gang barely has time to celebrate when a rival gangster, Pierre Gruuter (Marcel Lupovici), decides that he wants a cut of the take. When Tony's gang refuses to cooperate, Pierre kidnaps Jo's son, and the gang has to get tough with their nemesis. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:June 5, 1956

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Cannes Film Festival Jules Dassin International Prize- Best Director 1955 Winner

Cast

Jean Servais
as Tony le Stephanois
Robert Manuel
as Mario
Magali Noël
as Viviane
Marie Sabouret
as Mado
Marcel Lupovici
as Pierre Grutter
Robert Hossein
as Remi Grutter
Pierre Grasset
as Louis Grutter
Claude Sylvain
as Ida
Janine Darcey
as Louise
Pierre Grasset
as Louis Grutter
Janine Darcey
as Louise
Claude Sylvain
as Ida

Crew

Jules Dassin
Director
René G. Vuattoux
Producer
René Wheeler
Screenwriter
Jules Dassin
Screenwriter
Auguste Le Breton
Book Author
Auguste Le Breton
Dialogue Writer
Auguste Le Breton
Screenwriter
Philippe Agostini
Cinematographer
Philippe Gerard
Songwriter
Georges Auric
Composer (Music Score)
Roger Dwyre
Editor
Auguste Capelier
Art Director
Alexandre Trauner
Art Director
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