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Gang Story (aka Les Lyonnais) [DVD]

Gérard Lanvin , Tchéky Karyo , Olivier Marchal    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Gérard Lanvin, Tchéky Karyo, Daniel Duval
  • Directors: Olivier Marchal
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073VNQ7S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,299 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Based on a true story, Gang Story (Les Lyonnais) is the epic tale of Edmond Vidal (Gérard Lanvin Point Blank); one of the French underworld s most notorious figures having led the Gang des Lyonnais to a spate of successful armed robberies in the 1970s. Overcoming dangerous gang rivalries and battles with the police, Vidal survived to enjoy the good life...until now. With his life-long friend Serge Suttel (Tchéky Karyo Bad Boys) in trouble, Vidal gets drawn into one last job. But fighting against his own history and facing a desperate situation, is this the end for Vidal? Taken from Edmond Vidal s book Pour une poignée de cerises , Gang Story is a shocking, thrilling ride. A must-see... ferocious, fearless Four stars, Metro. A gangster flick to stand shoulder to shoulder with Mesrine Empire

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Based on a true story, Gang Story (Les Lyonnais) is the epic tale of Edmond Vidal (Gérard Lanvin - Point Blank); one of the French underworld's most notorious figures having led the Gang des Lyonnais to a spate of successful armed robberies in the 1970s. Overcoming dangerous gang rivalries and battles with the police, Vidal survived to enjoy the good life...until now. With his life-long friend Serge Suttel (Tchéky Karyo - Bad Boys) in trouble, Vidal gets drawn into one last job. But fighting against his own history and facing a desperate situation, is this the end for Vidal? Taken from Edmond Vidal's book "Pour une poignée de cerises", Gang Story is a shocking, thrilling ride. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...A Gang Story ( Les Lyonnais )

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy sub titles 27 April 2013
By Vinnie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars "A sleeping thug is still a thug." 9 Nov 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent gangster film 13 Oct 2012
By OMG! It's got a plug! TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A Gang Story 22 Mar 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
A believable story showing that crime and corruption flourishes in all aspects of society. Sub titles could have been better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film 16 Dec 2013
By peter c
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a good film & story with plenty of action , they say its a true story but it is in french so of course if you don't like subtitles then maybe this is not for you but you will miss out because it is well worth a watch
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