A Gang Story 2011

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Edmond Vidal and Serge Suttel grew up together in the same poor gypsy camp and together, discovered the life of crime. They went to prison together at an early age and formed their own gang which rose to great success up to the 1970s. However, in 1974, they got arrested and nowadays, at the age of 60, Vidal has retired from the life of crime and instead opted to settle down with his family. How...

Starring:
Gerard Lanvin, Tcheky Karyo
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

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A Gang Story

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime, International
Director Olivier Marchal
Starring Gerard Lanvin, Tcheky Karyo
Supporting actors Daniel Duval, Dimitri Storoge, Patrick Catalifo, François Levantal, Francis Renaud, Lionnel Astier, Valeria Cavalli, Estelle Skornik, Olivier Chantreau, Stephane Caillard, Florent Bigot De Nesles, Nicolas Gerout
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vinnie on 27 April 2013
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the film could have been very enjoyable if only the producers of the video had decided to put a proper sub-titles,not just a few phrases here and there.This really spoilt the viewing DONT BUY unless you understand FRENCH.and can follow the dialogue in its original language
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Nov 2012
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After making his reputation with tales of dysfunctional cops like 36 Quai des Orfevres, MR 73 and the TV series Braquo, French cop-turned-director Olivier Marchal takes a look at the other side with Les Lyonnais aka Gang Story, which sees Gerard Lanvin's successful ageing crook torn between flashbacks of his youth and springing childhood friend Tcheky Karyo from jail. Naturally things go horribly wrong, blood is spilled, the innocent suffer and long buried secrets and betrayals are uncovered.

Based loosely on the real Gang des Lyonnais and the memoirs of its leader Edmond Vidal, it's not as bleak or as emotionally gruelling as his much more ambitious MR 73 [DVD]. There's a somewhat melancholy print the legend aspect to it and the structure and certain plot aspects probably owe more of a debt to Sergio Leone's Once upon a Time in America than to the truth - something emphasised by the very much alive appearance in the making of documentary of one real-life gang member who is killed in the film. It's a less iconic or ambiguous film and it gets off to a somewhat awkward start as it moves between the protagonists' past (where Lanvin and Karyo's characters are ably played by Dimitri Storoge and Olivier Chantreau) and present as the cops and drug runners alike step up the pressure. It's at its best in the energetic flashback scenes as we trace Lanvin's 70s rise from learning his craft with a gang of De Gaullist thugs who commit armed robbery to fund their fight against the left and promptly try to kill him, his wife and child when he asks for his cut to forming a hugely successful gang of his own. The more sedate, considered modern-day section takes rather longer to grab hold, with much silent introspection before the stakes are raised enough to gradually become compelling in their own right.
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This is a superb film. Based on real people and events and is brilliantly put together with a great cast and director, an entertaining narrative, great cinematography and soundtrack I would give all aspects of Gang Story a very positive mention.

Gérard Lanvin gives a brilliant performanc as Edmond Vidal aka Momon and indeed the whole cast give superb performances. Once again this is a French film where everything seems just about perfect – the acting, music, cinematography, direction…

I would recommend that anyone who watches this DVD might also like to watch the Making Of feature which, as well as being entertaining gives an explanation of the fictional part of the story.

Anyone who has enjoyed Mesrine would most probably also enjoy Gang Story. Gérard Lanvin (the lead role in Gang Story) has a supporting role in Mesrine.

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The Making Of feature, which is just over fifty minutes long, starts with the voice of Edmond Vidal known as Momon talking about meeting the ex flic, ex cop turned film director, Olivier Marchal and then what follows is a fasinating feature that I would say is well worth looking at.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caragiale on 29 Jun 2014
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Excellent Movie.
Sub titles are pretty close to the original french dialogue (IMHO).
Gripping plot.
Only the fench make these films so well adn so blievable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Glover on 28 Jun 2014
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Excellent film, well cast, suspense kept going to the end without the usual blockbuster high level shootouts - subtle, French, excellent !
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By OMG! It's got a plug! TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Oct 2012
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Whilst the comparisons to Mesrine are understandable (it's based on a true story of the French underworld of the 1970s), they are two very different films. Set in modern day France with extended flashbacks, this is a film about loyalty, betrayal and revenge between former gang members. The acting is first class and overall it's a very stylish production with more of an emphasis on drama than thrills but with enough action sequences to satisfy. It's not perfect - it occasionally suffers from a lack of suspense and tension - but nonetheless it's an enjoyable film and I definitely recommend it.
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There are no problems with the sub titles!

Excellent French gangster movie. Interesting and pacey storyline, plenty of violence and suspense if you like that and superb acting!

You will enjoy it!
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If only British true crime movies were this stylish, realistic and well made....I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and found it easy to follow. It has been well scripted and is full of believable action scene's, I was left wanting more!......a truely great crime movies, move over Goodfellas.
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