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Borsalino (1970)

During the 1930s, in Marseilles, France, two small time crooks work for local crime bosses until they decide to go into business for themselves.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Catherine Rouvel ...
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Simone Escarguel
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Mme Rinaldi
Laura Adani ...
Mme Siffredi, la mère de Roch
Nicole Calfan ...
Ginette
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Lydia
Odette Piquet ...
La chanteuse
Mario David ...
Mario
Lionel Vitrant ...
Dennis Berry ...
Nono
Jean Aron ...
Martial Roger, le comptable
André Bollet ...
Poli
Pierre Koulak ...
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In 1930 Marseilles two small-time crooks join forces when they meet brawling over a woman. Starting with fixed horse races and fights, they start to find themselves doing jobs for the local gangster bosses. When they decide to go into the business for themselves, their easy-going approach to crime starts to change. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Rated R for some strong gangster violence | See all certifications »
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13 August 1970 (USA)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

On August 31st 1997, the BBC1 broadcast of the film was interrupted by a newsflash which newsreader Martin Lewis reported that Princess Diana Spencer had been seriously injured in a car crash in Paris. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Cigarette (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Prends-Moi Matelot
Music by Claude Bolling
Lyrics by Jacques Deray
Sung by Odette Piquet
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A good gangster movie with two of the greatest French actors
5 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Borsalino tells the rise and fall of two small-time crooks in 1930 Marseille. Their rivalry soon becomes a strong friendship, allowing them to reach a place in the sun among other gangsters, even threatening the truce between the two ruthless families that control the city.

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon shine in this enjoyable recreation of the ever-corrupted French city. The sets and costumes are terrific, and the music by Claude Bolling became an instant classic. So classic in fact that the director Jacques Deray over-uses it in some parts. The secondary characters are interesting somewhat but clearly overshadowed by the two leads. As for the script, it manages many enjoyable moments wandering between funny and tragic bits, however it is too hammy to totally convince and is not helped by a very dated type of editing. I don't know if it was to mimic the style of older gangster movies, but the movie should've been tighter on that point.

All in all, a very decent French movie. Far from flawless, but recommended.


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