Directed by Jules Dassin
1955, 1h 58min
After serving a five-year stretch which has destroyed his health, Tony the Stéphanois returns to Paris to find his world changed. The underworld look down on him now and his ex-girlfriend, Mado (Marie Sabouret), has abandoned him to shack up with Pierre Grutter (Marcel Lupovici), a Montmartre nightclub owner and police informer. Only his young protégé, Jo the Swede (Carl Möhner), remains faithful to the weary, penniless gangster. Tony is the godfather of Jo’s five-year old son, Tonio, and it was to spare Jo and his family that Tony took the rap for a robbery five years earlier.
Blacklisted Hollywood exile Jules Dassin turned Auguste Le Breton’s novel into an existential thriller that earned Dassin the Cannes’ Best Director prize and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come.