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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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Jacques Deray
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... François Capella
Alain Delon ... Roch Siffredi
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Lola
Françoise Christophe ... Simone Escarguel
Corinne Marchand ... Mme Rinaldi
Laura Adani Laura Adani ... Mme Siffredi, la mère de Roch
Nicole Calfan ... Ginette
Hélène Rémy ... Lydia
Odette Piquet Odette Piquet ... La chanteuse
Mario David ... Mario
Lionel Vitrant Lionel Vitrant ... Fernand
Dennis Berry Dennis Berry ... Nono
Jean Aron Jean Aron ... Martial Roger, le comptable
André Bollet André Bollet ... Poli
Pierre Koulak Pierre Koulak ... Spada
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong gangster violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian | German

Release Date:

13 August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borsalino See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,090,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 54678 delivered on 21-7-1970. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sass (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Borsalino Générique
Written and Performed by Claude Bolling
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Stylish in many ways... And pleasantly frivolous
7 November 2013 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

Late 1920ies and the 1930ies were apparently the years when gallantry and stylishness saw their peak: war wounds were mostly healed, people acquired wealth, aristocracy and bourgeoisie were able to spend on entertainment and diversity again. Such was the background in the 1930 Marseille, where two small-time crooks join forces after an odd meeting, begin with fixed horse races and fights, and the continue in doing jobs for local top gangsters.

Viewers can see several fine places, with wealthy people wearing stylish clothes, enjoying a good music/games/food, sometimes disrupted by shootings, chases and fights, mostly related to the two leading characters - François Capella and Roch Siffredi, splendidly performed by famous character actors Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon, respectively. Their talent and elegance is visible throughout the film, outperforming all their co-actors, and the French language is a booster of the atmosphere (U.S. gangster films are usually gloomier and rougher).

Borsalino is a fine example of French action movies made in the 1960- 70ies; luckily, it is a colour film and shows fully the talents of Belmondo and Delon. I try to watch its sequel as soon as possible.


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