Borsalino (film)

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French film poster for Borsalino
Directed by Jacques Deray
Produced by Alain Delon
Henri Michaud
Written by Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean Cau
Jacques Deray
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Music by Claude Bolling
Cinematography Jean-Jacques Tarbès
Edited by Paul Cayatte
Release dates 20 May 1970
Running time 125 minutes
Country France
Language French

Borsalino is a 1970 gangster film directed by Jacques Deray and starring Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Rouvel. It was entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

In 2009 Empire Magazine named it #19 in a poll of the 20 Greatest Gangster Movies You've Never Seen* (*Probably)

A sequel, Borsalino & Co., was released in 1974 with Alain Delon in the leading role.


In 1930 Marseille two small-time crooks, Capella and Siffredi join forces when they meet brawling over a woman. Starting with fixed horse races and fights, they end up 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. The first half of the film resembles more or less a comedy, while in the second one firearms are used. In the end Capella is killed and before his death pronounces the phrase: "La chance n'existe pas !" ("Luck does not exist!") The film's story continues in the 1974 sequel Borsalino & Co.



The movie's title comes from the name of the hat company that made the men's hats that appear in the film. The Borsalino Company made fedora style hats from the late 19th century to the 20th century: the golden age was in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, when sales went through the roof. Although the company still sells fedora hats today, the company is most involved with the manufacturing of clothes and helmets for men.


  1. ^ " Awards for Borsalino". Retrieved 2010-03-08. 

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