French film poster for Borsalino
|Directed by||Jacques Deray|
|Produced by||Alain Delon
|Written by||Jean-Claude Carrière
|Music by||Claude Bolling|
|Edited by||Paul Cayatte|
|Release date(s)||20 May 1970|
|Running time||125 minutes|
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.
- Jean-Paul Belmondo - François Capella
- Alain Delon - Roch Siffredi
- Arnoldo Foà - Marello
- Catherine Rouvel - Lola
- Françoise Christophe - Simone Escarguel
- Corinne Marchand - Mme Rinaldi
- Laura Adani - Mme Siffredi, la mère de Roch
- Nicole Calfan - Ginette
- Hélène Rémy - Lydia
- Odette Piquet - La chanteuse
- Mario David - Mario
- Lionel Vitrant - Fernand
- Dennis Berry - Nono
- Jean Aron - Martial Roger, le compatible
- André Bollet - Poli
- Pierre Koulak - Spada
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.
- "IMDB.com: Awards for Borsalino". imdb.com. Retrieved 2010-03-08.