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The Sicilian Clan [DVD]

Jean Gabin , Alain Delon , Henri Verneuil    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick, Amedeo Nazzari
  • Directors: Henri Verneuil
  • Writers: Henri Verneuil, Auguste Le Breton, José Giovanni, Pierre Pelegri
  • Producers: Jacques-Eric Strauss
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Czech, Hungarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PI3UHM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,479 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Sicilian family, headed by Vittorio Manalese (Jean Gabin), plan to steal a cache of diamonds. Roger Senet (Alain Delon), in prison for murder, is hired for the occasion and sprung with the help of the family. However, once the caper is successfully carried out, Senet finds himself on the wrong side of the clan when they discover that he has been having an affair with Manalese's daughter-in-law.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Czech ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Hungarian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Czech ( Subtitles ), Danish ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Hungarian ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), Turkish ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Roger Santet (Alain Delon) is a convicted murderer sprung from prison by the Sicilian clan headed by the aging Vittorio Manalese (Jean Gabin). They conspire to steal a large cache of jewels from an exhibit in Rome. As they are preparing for the heist, the mobster's American friend Tony Nicosia (Amedeo Nazzarri) suggests that a better way to get the rocks would be to hijack the transport plane while it is en route to New York. The dogged inspector Le Goff (Lino Ventura) is using all the available resources to thwart their plans. Though the heist itself is successful, Santet finds himself trapped by the mob because of his fling with Manalese's daughter-in-law (Irina Demick). ...The Sicilian Clan ( Le Clan des Siciliens )

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flics et voleurs 14 Jun 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
And the award for most outrageous sexual symbolism of 1969 goes to Alain Delon, for his performance battering an eel to death on a rock after catching a glimpse of Irina Demick's body double nude sunbathing in The Sicilian Clan...

Despite the title, this 1969 flic et voyou flick is definitely NOT a mob movie: the clan are a family of Sicilian crooks in France headed by Jean Gabin who spring Alain Delon from jail for a massive jewel robbery, with Lino Ventura's dogged cop on the trail. Based on a novel by Rififi author Auguste le Breton, there's little that's original (although the heist itself is spectacularly ingenious), but it's put together with polish and style and makes for an entertaining couple of hours. Henry Verneuil's direction raises the standard, while Delon, Ventura and Irina Demick offer good value. The once-great Gabin fares less well - although it's nice to see him reunited with his Touchez Pas le Grisbi nemesis Ventura in a couple of scenes, for much of the film he's more of an immoveable monument than much of a presence, only really coming across in his final scene, which taps in nicely to the resigned fatalism of his pre-war classics.

It's not an all-time great, but it is an entertaining and atmospheric French thriller that nicely fills a couple of hours.

Fox's DVD boasts good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer of the English-language version (the film was shot in French, Italian and English-language versions rather than simply dubbed) and includes the US trailer.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flics et voleurs 20 Feb 2004
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Despite the title, this 1969 flic et voyou flick is definitely NOT a mob movie: the clan are a family of Sicilian crooks in France headed by Jean Gabin who spring Alain Delon from jail for a massive jewel robbery, with Lino Ventura's dogged cop on the trail. Based on a novel by Rififi author Auguste le Breton, there's little that's original (although the heist itself is spectacularly ingenious), but it's put together with polish and style and makes for an entertaining couple of hours. Henry Verneuil's direction raises the standard, while Delon, Ventura and Irina Demick offer good value. The once-great Gabin fares less well - although it's nice to see him reunited with his Touchez Pas le Grisbi nemesis Ventura in a couple of scenes, for much of the film he's more of an immoveable monument than much of a presence, only really coming across in his final scene, which taps in nicely to the resigned fatalism of his pre-war classics.

There's a lot wrong with the video - it's from the days when dubbed panned and scanned versions of Scope foreign films were the norm rather than the exception, while at one point on my copy the theme tune from M*A*S*H bled through on the soundtrack to attack Ennio Morricone's score (could Fox be copying over old unsold tapes?). While Henri Decae's great photography does suffer, especially in the split-screen title sequence, at least Delon dubs himself (indeed, his sequences actually appear to have been shot in English). However, until someone decides this merits a widescreen subtitled release on DVD (it's only available unsubtitled in France), this tape is worth a shot, especially at a budget price.

It's not an all-time great, but it is an entertaining and atmospheric French thriller that nicely fills a couple of hours.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A review of the DVD not the film... 16 Sep 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
They didn't bother including the original French audio but went to the trouble of including a really bad English dub and Czech and Hungarian dubs! Why delete the original French. Dubbed films are unwatchable for me...

EDIT: I found the Korean version that was recommended by other commenters. It really is a cracking film. Thanks to those who tipped me off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This is a classic French gangster movie which has 3 top French actors and the film was made in French, then it is a disgrace to dub the movie in English. There is no French audio track on this UK release. Luckily, there is another edition available, which is also available on Amazon which has French Language and English subtitles and very good transfer-those who care about films beware of this release.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Joseph
Format:DVD
Jean Pierre Melville was a great director who directed classic crime films with stylish direction, downbeat atmosphere, cold and stylishly dressed characters. When I watched The Sicilian Clan you would think it was directed by him, but sadly it is not, the film adopts his cool style and applies it to a fast-paced and gripping plot; while Melville's film were slow yet compelling, The Sicilian Clan's plot hurtles at a fast and compelling pace. Alain Delon acts in his usual cold emotionless cool look and cold existentialist manner, epitomised in Films like Le Cercle Rouge and Le Samourai and and Jean Gabin pulls a very good performance as the Sicilian mob boss who frees Alain Delon's character from a prison convoy to pull off a jewellery hiest; a hiest which is uniquely original in it's execution. Lino Ventura does a good job as the weary cop after them, who seems to be always one step behind them. It's the three giants of French Cinema (Also my three favourite French actors): Alain Delon wears the classic Bogart-like raincoat like nobody else with style and cool, Jean Gabin carries decades of French cinema with him as the small-time crime boss and Lino Ventura delivers another worn-out yet compelling performance as the determined cop. The roles of the main characters are the usual crime genre stereotypes yet the A-star cast manage to inject a new compelling life into overused caricatures by their convincing acting. The icing on the cake is Ennio Morricone's brilliant soundtrack which delivers super-cool and punchy music and memorable theme song. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars It was dubbed in "mid-atlantic" english of which I was not advised
I ordered a French film in French and got one with poor dubbing.
I was not properly informed of the situation
I consider I wasted my money as I di not enjoy this version... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Abel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Service
This version is more difficult to come by than the (badly) dubbed English version though it is infinitely better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Francis E
5.0 out of 5 stars A French classic!
One of Henri Verneuil's chefs-d'oeuvre. A must be seen! Amazing acting, thrilling plot, a typical movie of the 60's with an outstanding cast.
Published 9 months ago by MK
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good DVD release for a very good film.
I have two DVD releases: the UK release (which has been dubbed with no French audio) and This DVD release pictured and I was so glad to find this version-great transfer, English... Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by Mrs. Lina Abraham
5.0 out of 5 stars mac jay
this is a great movie of all the time i am an actor my self and i should say that was one of my favorit of all the time alain delon is amazing,great script,directing,quality of the... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by mac jay
5.0 out of 5 stars SEE The Sicilian Clan!
SEE Jean Gabin as Manalese, leader of The Sicilian Clan!
SEE Alain Delon as Roger Sartet, a thief hired by The Sicilian Clan! Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2009 by Andarius
4.0 out of 5 stars THE SICILIAN CLAN
IT WAS THE FIRST FILM THAT I SAW AT THE CINEMA, AND I HAD BEEN SURPRISED FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF THE 3 "MONSTERS" LIKE ALAIN DELON, JEAN GABIN AND LINO VENTURA. Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2009 by ALBERTO IZUMI
1.0 out of 5 stars Dub dub dub
Just to make it clear, this release has no French language track. You can get a ghastly US accented English dub and/or English subtitles, but no French language version. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2008 by Iain D. Mcdougall
4.0 out of 5 stars OK Film, Three Great Stars
The Sicilian Clan is not the greatest crime caper but it does contain three of France's greatest film stars, Jean Gabin, Alain Delon and Lino Ventura. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2007 by steve b
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