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The Sicilian Clan [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 35 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: Henri Verneuil, 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PI3UHM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,111 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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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2007
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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, though Delon is the only major cast member to use his own voice in both versions) and includes the US trailer.
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A superb film with a superb cast - 3 of the great French actors - Gabin, Delon and Ventura - and its good to see them together in one film.
Gabin gets Delon released from prison ( in an unusual way) to do a diamond heist for him, on a plane.
Ventura, unusually, plays the policeman trying to sort it all out.
Delon makes the mistake of romancing Gabin's son-in- law's wife, so his days are numbered.
One of those hard-edged gangster films that the French are so good at - no soft-centres or happy endings .
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Beware! This film is dubbed into English and there is no French option. People who dub films should be locked up for life; unfortunately I failed to read the product description closely enough.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Feb. 2004
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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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A very good film.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2014
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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.

While Fox's DVD boasted 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, though Delon is the only major cast member to use his own voice in both versions), you can now get both the French version with English subtitles and the English-language version on Fox's region-free Italian Blu-ray releases, though it is missing the documentary on the making of the film from the French and German Blu-ray releases.
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