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Hail, Mafia (1965)

Je vous salue, mafia! (original title)
A terrific film with a top-notch cast! Jack and Henry play hit men ordered to kill Eddie. Jack is torn between his orders and the loyalty he feels to his old pal, Eddie. An intriguing look ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Lévy (as Raoul J. Levy)

Writers:

Raoul Lévy, Pierre Lesou (novel) (as Pierre Vial-Lesou)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Henry Silva ... Schaft
Jack Klugman ... Phil
Micheline Presle ... Daisy
Elsa Martinelli ... Sylvia
Eddie Constantine ... Rudy Hamberg
Michael Lonsdale ... Hyman
Ricky Cooper Ricky Cooper ... Ben
Tener Eckelberry Tener Eckelberry ... Hyman (as T.R. Ekelberry)
Carl Studer Carl Studer ... Ruidosa (as Karl Studer)
Donald O'Brien ... Mafia Thug (as Daniel O'Brien)
Jean-Marc Allègre Jean-Marc Allègre ... (as Jean Marc Allegre)
Danielle Couprayen Danielle Couprayen
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A terrific film with a top-notch cast! Jack and Henry play hit men ordered to kill Eddie. Jack is torn between his orders and the loyalty he feels to his old pal, Eddie. An intriguing look at the emotional make-up of Mafia hit men. A truly memorable climax. We definitely recommend this great crime/intrigue thriller. 16mm. Written by Anonymous

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...and one of the killers knows you are the one who had once violated his sister! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hail, Mafia See more »

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Filmstudio, ITTAC, PECF See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Referenced in Never a Dull Moment (1968) See more »

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Henry Silva Eurocrime career goes back forever
31 July 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Interesting jazz-fuelled crime film telling the tale of two hitman on their way to kill a fella in France. The man has to die because he could testify against a Mafioso who has been indicted, but one of the hitmen has a personal reason for whacking the guy too.

This hitman is played by Quincy MD himself, Jack Klugman (I had to look that up),whose sister was knocked up and left alone by the victim, but the other hitman is played by Henry Silva, and his character is a no nonsense, pragmatic individual who likes to play everything 'clean'. Both men travel through France, discussing the business they find themselves in, discovering France, and complaining about the food.

There's two separate sub-plots going on too, as we learn about the victim and his women troubles, and then there's guy sent to stop the hit as the Mafioso is released from prison and doesn't want linked to the forthcoming murder. I can quite happily report here that although this film lacks the car chases, chin-socking and violence of later Euro-crime films, the pay off is brilliant and the ending a classic.

The strong actors help, as Klugman comes across as the more humane of the too, while the young Silva has eyes that would melt cement. Look out for future Italian exploitation star Donald O'brien as a rather violent mob bosses secretary


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