‘The Family’ Trailer: Mobster Robert De Niro’s Family Hides in France

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 5th, 2013 at 11:30 am,

The Family was formerly titled Malavita – the Italian word for the underworld of organized crime – and is based on author Tonino Benacquista’s non-fiction book “Badfellas.” It tells the story of ex-Mafia boss Giovanni Manzoni (played by Robert De Niro), who strikes a deal with the U.S. government and relocates his family under the FBI’s witness protection program to France.

However, the Manzoni clan – which includes Giovanni’s tempestuous wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) – stick out like a sore thumb, seeing how they’re a bunch of Americans who’re used to living the mobster lifestyle; now, they’re stuck keeping their heads down, in an effort to hide out in the quiet European countryside. When trouble comes a knockin’, the Mazonis are more than happy to – once again – be free and handle things “the family way.”

The Family was directed by Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional, Fifth Element), based on a script he co-wrote alongside Michael Caleo (a writer and story editor on The Sopranos). The supporting cast includes Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) – as the federal agent who’s been given the task of keeping the Mazonis in line – and Dianna Agron (Glee) as De Niro and Pfeiffer’s daughter in the film. Lastly, the film was executive produced by the king of the mobster genre (and De Niro’s longtime collaborator), Martin Scorsese.


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The trailer for The Family gives off a strong and darkly satirical vibe, more so than previous De Niro films that lampoon the actor’s legacy as a screen mobster icon (see: Analyze This/That). Besson often hands over his action movie screenplays to other directors – like on the Transporter and Taken franchises – but the ones he decides to direct himself are sometimes heavier on the quirky humor, as combined with socio-political commentary and highly-edited violence.

So far, The Family appears to fit that profile (excuse the pun), and looks more like Besson’s version of The Whole Nine Yards than anything else. Nowadays, De Niro’s roles of choice – like the films based on Besson’s scripts – have a tendency to be uneven, with the former ranging from Meet the Parents sequels to the Best Picture Oscar-nominee Silver Linings Playbook. Nonetheless, The Family has potential to fall more on the good side of De Niro’s movie spectrum.


The Family opens in U.S. theaters on September 20th, 2013.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. This looks entertaining, the poster is very poor in my opinion

  2. Looks good.

  3. the trailer looks promising and hopefully it will live up to its potential with the talent involved.. I’m hoping that having Marty in the producing chair will mean its had some thought put into the script as the action looks entertaining for sure.

  4. PS The poster does look poor as has already been mentioned. It looks like maybe an hour has been spent on photoshop before the deadline with some stock images of the cast and no real effort taken.

  5. The dog looks awful in the poster, it makes the poster look like one of the direct-to-tv movies…. lame

  6. This actually looks pretty decent, De Niros name usually puts me off these days but Pfieffer has made some good consistent choices, Bessons producing work is usually eurocrap but again his directing is usually pretty reliable, will defo check this out!

  7. Luc Besson — the director — has effectively homestead action movies better than most Hollywood filmmakers. (His last film, THE LADY, nimble and supple but never intended to be anything except the artful melodrama that it is.) As a writer/producer of the action-adventure genre, nobody does it better.

    By the way, Luc overall has been more consistent than, say, Ridley Scott or Michael Mann among others.

    The deep dive Besson took in one fell swoop with Liam Neeson (an actor starting in his late 50s to become an “action star”) this writer-producer-director again takes the plunge with Robert De Niro cast (ad nauseam) as a mobster with comedic intentions.

    But with a cast this accomplished, together with Luc’s (internatinal) track record for entertaining an audience, the smart money is on the Frenchman.

  8. Looks fun, but maybe a bit overboard….Worth checking out..

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  10. Enough with the mobster movies. Are these movies funded by actual mobsters? I can’t figure out why else we might have been flooded with these movies starting in the 1970s or whenever they started. 1950s? If you think mobsters are cute and funny, just wait till one of these sacks of garbage messes with you. Maybe then you’ll be less likely to suckle at the hollywood mobster movie teat, and more likely to avoid movies that glorify these sicko pieces of trash.

    • One of the few comments that make sense. Such movies imply that the viewers should feel some sort of sympathy for the main characters. But only a sociopath could find anything likeable in them.