THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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THE SICILIAN CLAN (1969)


A classic caper film starring three of the biggest French film stars at the time – Jean Gabin, Lino Ventura and Alain Delon.  Roger Santet (Delon) is a convicted murderer who is rescued from a police van in a tense opening scene following the credits, Vittorio Manalese (Gabin) is the head of the Sicilian clan that sprung him.  They’re planning a huge job - by hijacking the plane that is carrying a large cache of jewels from an exhibit in Rome.  Meanwhile, the inspector LeGoff (Ventura) is doing everything he can to find Santet. Film is highly stylized (cashing in on an American audience was part of the producers’ plan) but at the same time changes pace and finds moments to show its French origins.  The hijacking is rather exciting, when suddenly the plane is diverted from LaGuardia to – where?  Some 9/11 moments are unexpectedly relived when the DC-8 flies quite low over midtown Manhattan and we see the Empire State Building (but not the Twin Towers, thank goodness, which weren't buily yet when this movie was filmed).  The Ennio Morricone music is classic, although it sounds somewhat like spaghetti western leftovers sometimes.


TLA one word review: twisty