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HAIL MAFIA! (1965)





Hail Mafia is a truly unknown gem with a great cast.  I mean this was obscure 20 years ago – it is just fading further away.  It’s a French film, but with American actors.  Now tell me if this sounds familiar.  The story is about two hit men driving around and talking about any number of things while they get ready to do their job.  Pulp Fiction?  Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta?  NOPE.  It’s Henry Silva and Jack Klugman.  Yes, Klugman of Odd Couple fame.  They take a gig in France to find Eddie Constantine, who is hiding out in the south of France in order NOT to testify in the states against his gangster friends.  Thing is, those friends want to knock him off so that there’s NO chance of his testifying.  Klugman wants a piece of the action because years ago, Constantine knocked up his sister and left her.  So he REALLY wants to be part of this contract.  But most of Hail Mafia is Silva and Klugman philosophizing about life, their chosen professions, you name it.  I don’t know how Tarantino didn’t borrow from this – Hail Mafia is so unique and it certainly is his kind of movie.  You can see the influences in Pulp Fiction.  And no, there was no Royale with cheese when this hit man movie was filmed.

It’s all over YouTube, almost certainly public domain so here’s a link to Hail Mafia!

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

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