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The Sicilian Clan (1969)

Le clan des Siciliens (original title)
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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.

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

Auguste Le Breton (novel), Henri Verneuil (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The murders in Paris! The robbery in Rome! The double-cross in New York! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

Italian | French | English

Release Date:

1 December 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sicilian Clan See more »

Filming Locations:

Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1970
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Young actor Marc Porel plays Sergio, one of Jean Gabin's henchmen. Marc's father, Gérard Landry, appeared in La Bête Humaine (1938) as a man with his sites on Simone Simon, with whom Jean Gabin was having an affair. Marc took the last name of his actress mother, Jacqueline Porel. See more »

Goofs

While Sarte is using the drill/saw to escape through the floorboard of the police transport, you can clearly see the pre-cut guidelines he follows with the rotary cutting wheel. See more »

Quotes

Rovel: I was sound asleep, and they burst into my room and turned everything upside down!
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Follows Brigade Anti Gangs (1966) See more »

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Classy crime flick
12 September 2008 | by Prof-Hieronymos-GrostSee all my reviews

Roger Sartet (Alain Delon) is a high profile career criminal who is top of the French police wanted list, so when he escapes from their custody for a second time under the nose of dogged cop L'inspecteur Le Goff (Lino Ventura), he goes immediately into hiding as the police try to locate him. Vittorio Manalese (Jean Gabin) a Sicilian born criminal and godfather of a mob style family, is the man who sprung him from police custody, he has long planned his retirement back in Sicily but is immediately interested in one last heist after hearing Sartet's plan for a big jewel heist in Rome. Together with some mobsters from New York, they set in motion a daring plan to steal the jewels while on route to the US. All goes well for Sartet until a child's indiscretion alters his fate for good.

Entertaining enough crime flick, with some excellent set pieces and made with plenty of style, the funky main theme by Ennio Morricone being a highlight. All three legends of French cinema are excellent although none have enough screen time to truly rank in their best. Verneuill's direction is uber stylish, with some passing similarities to Leone in framing and tone, although some elements of the main heist are quite dated they are still quite fun. Its not a film for the pc brigade however as there is plenty of sexual denouement, Sartet's affair with the beautiful Jeanne Manalese (Irina Demick) producing one of cinemas most outrageous moments of sexual symbolism, its so absurd you just have to laugh.


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