Synopsis: After five years in prison, Tony le Stéphanois meets his dearest friends Jo and the Italian Mario Ferrati and they invite Tony to steal a couple of jewels from the show-window of the famous jewelry Mappin & Webb Ltd, but he declines. Tony finds his former girlfriend Mado, who became the lover of the gangster owner of the night-club L' Âge d' Or Louis Grutter, and he humiliates her, beating on her back for being unfaithful. Then he calls Jo and Mario and proposes a burglary of the safe of the jewelry. They invite the Italian specialist in safes and elegant wolf Cesar to join their team and they plot a perfect heist. They are successful in their plan, but the Don Juan Cesar makes things go wrong when he gives a valuable ring to his mistress.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Jules Dassin
Production: Rialto Pictures
  6 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min


Full house.


Stake me.

Impossible, Tony.

Not during a game.


I'll call for cash.

Who's trying to hang me

in the closet?

Hey, mister, watch the cuff!

Tonio, will you leave

your father in peace!

You're spoiling him rotten, Jo.

Yes, he's here.

It's Tony.

Cut it out, Tonio!

No, not you.

It's your godson crushing my toes.

Sure thing.

Be right over.

- How about me?

- We don't bet promises here.

No cash, no cards.

Hi, Jo.

So you're the backup.

Someone's gotta be.

You waiting for me?

Yeah. Their faith is touching.

But you all know him.

He's Tony the Stephanois!

Tony or no Tony,

only one thing counts...

Hard cash.

Forget these lugs.

Hey, you!

- You're not polite.

- That bug you?

Relax. He's still green.

Let's go.

Hello, Suzanne.

Poor Tony's not a pretty sight.

Five years in the pen

marks a man.

Poker all night in a smoke-filled room!

Just what you need!

Get out to the country.

Get some air in your lungs.

You see me milking cows?

It's a bit late for that now.

We'll talk about it tonight

at the house over some grub.

Louise keeps busting my chops

about your damned health.

Okay, doc.

Drop me off at my place.

I'm beat.

I wanna show you something first.

- What will you have?

- Coffee.

- Three coffees.

- Three?

Mario's coming.

- Thanks.

- Shut up! Thanks for what?

If you'd squawked five years ago,

you'd be slipping me a roll now.

And I'd be thanking you.

You took the rap

because I was just a kid then.

Tony, I hear Mado's back.

You sure?

I've been waiting five years for this.

Where is she?

Don't know yet, but we'll find her.

Thanks, waiter.

You make me feel young again.

- Good, we need a young man.

- Let's hear it.


Aren't you fed up

with cheap poker games?

Let's hear it, I said.

Webb? You're nuts!

Why not the Bank of France?

- Time was you'd jump at it.

- Time was, Mario.

The place has more alarms

than a firehouse.

We don't have to go in.

The three rocks in the window alone

are worth a fortune.

Remember the Bond Street job.

I remember. They cut out

the glass in broad daylight.

- And cleaned up in 17 seconds.

- A piece of cake.

We've timed it at least 20 times.

We attack at 1:

The street's not too busy then.

You're parked over there.

The light at the intersection

goes red. Traffic stops.

You pull up, we start, we cut.

When the light's green,

we drive off with the rocks.

- Yeah, you gotta be young.

- You in?

Sorry, guys.

I don't run so fast anymore.

- Wind it up.

- Again?

Come here.

It's you I'm gonna wind up.

The penguin's cry...

Time for bed.

Your penguin has to go beddy-bye.

Good night, junior.

How's it going, Mario?

Thanks for the penguin,

Uncle Tony.


I'll see.

I hit the bull's-eye

with that penguin.

Ever heard of the L'Age d'Or

in Montmartre?


Mado works there.

She looks after the girls.

She's shacked up with the boss,

Pierre Grutter.

Know him?


His kid brother's a junkie, I think.

Yeah, he's hooked bad.

And they say Grutter is

too friendly with the cops.

Kiss Louise for me.

I'm turning in.

Don't go there alone.

They're tough customers.

Hear what I said?

I'm not deaf.

The show's about to begin!

Check your hat, sir?

This one's not empty yet!

So what?

You got moths in your wallet?

Oh, all right.

That's a good one.

Moths in your wallet!

Beat it, chump!


Do as he says.

- Check!

- I'll get it.

Coming, Mado?

Tony, I thought you were still...

As you can see, they let me out.

For good behavior.

Go in.

Have a seat.

Not very fancy, eh?

When a man's alone...

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Auguste Le Breton

Auguste Le Breton (born Auguste Monfort 18 February 1913 – 31 May 1999) was a French novelist who wrote primarily about the criminal underworld. His novels were adapted into several notable films of the 1950s, such as Rififi, Razzia sur la chnouf, Le rouge est mis and Le clan des siciliens. He wrote the dialogue for the noir film Bob le flambeur. more…

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