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The Sicilian Clan (1969)
"Le clan des Siciliens" (original title)

GP  -  Crime | Drama  -  1 December 1969 (France)
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A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Manalese
Roger Sartet
Lino Ventura ...
Commissaire Le Goff
Jeanne Manalese
Amedeo Nazzari ...
Tony Nicosia
Philippe Baronnet ...
Karen Blanguernon ...
Yves Brainville ...
Le juge
Un inspecteur
Elisa Cegani ...
Maria Manalese
Raoul Delfosse ...
Jacques Duby ...
Raymond Robel
Yves Lefebvre ...
Aldo Manalese
Edward Meeks ...
Le commandant de bord
Sally Nesbitt ...
Mrs. Evans


A young, ambitious mobster plans an elaborate diamond heist while seducing the daughter of a ruthless mob patriarch as a determined police commissioner closes in on all of them.

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1 December 1969 (France)  »

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The Sicilian Clan  »

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2.35 : 1
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The film was shot in three languages (French, English and Italian) with the same cast. See more »


Vittorio Manalese: Well, personally, I trust the engineer. He sounds okay to me. This is a professional job.
[Turns and looks at Roget Sarte]
Vittorio Manalese: You're the one I don't trust!
Roget: Me?
Vittorio: Yeah, you! All your brains are below your belt! You almost got us all in cold storage last night playing games in a whorehouse!
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Flics et voleurs
9 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

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 UK PAL Region 2 DVD boasts a 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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