1954, Movie, NR, 117 mins


DVD Tuesday: Best Heist Movie Ever? Rififi!

Rififi courtesy Criterion

DVD Tuesday Steal this movie -- Rififi is the cr232me de la cr232me of heist pictures Australian director Roger Donaldsons 70s-era heist picture The Bank Job opens this Friday and not only is it a taut engrossing thriller but it proves that Jason Statham actually can act Hes not Laurence Olivier or anything but his performance justifies my longtime and much derided feeling that given the chance he could do more than crack wise and flex his formidable musculature Naturally I got to thinking about great heist movies which inevitably led me to Jules Dassins unforgettable Rififi 1954 Rififi wasnt the first true heist picture which Id define as a film that is focused on the planning execution and aftermath of a complicated and difficult robbery as well as on the complex relationships between the robbers The first was probably John Hustons The Asphalt Jungle 1950 But Rififi was revelation when I saw it for the first time a few years back at New Yorks F read more

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