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Senza pietà (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 22 July 1949 (France)
An African-American soldier stationing in Italy refuses to make a deal with local gangsters. However, when a girl he loves turns desperately to prostitution, Jerry is forced to change his mind to save her.

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Marcella
Folco Lulli ...
Pierre Claudé ...
Raf Pindi ...
Capitano sudamericano (as Lando Muzio)
Daniel Jones ...
Richard
Enza Giovine ...
Suor Gertrude
Otello Fava ...
Dumb Man
Romano Villi ...
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Max Lancia ...
Cesare
Mario Perrone ...
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Paola Marchetti
Armando Libianchi
Carlo Bianco ...
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An African-American soldier stationing in Italy refuses to make a deal with local gangsters. However, when a girl he loves turns desperately to prostitution, Jerry is forced to change his mind to save her.

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The Story of a Negro G.I. and a Girl Campfollower!

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Sister Gertrude (Enza Giovine) was based on a real person. She was a nun who cared for young women in the 5th Pavillion of Livorno Hospital. See more »

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The final scene is supposed to take place early in the morning, but it was filmed in the afternoon, because of the sun position over the West Coast of Tuscany. Filming in the morning hours would have resulted in backlight problems. See more »

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No Way Out
16 August 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A sombre account of a black G.I. attempting to desert in the aftermath of the Italian campaign and his involvement with a local girl, his recapture and second escape, while she has been coerced into prostitution by a gang of traffickers in goods and people, and their attempts to escape together once united.

This only really came to life for me when the doomed couple were on the screen. John Kitzmiller does not come over as an experienced actor, yet this has the effect of making his scenes all the more poignant. Carla Del Poggio is good as his would-be lover. The evils it highlights are with us still very much today. The assertion by another reviewer that the film was banned in the UK is incorrect, along with the implication that the different backgrounds of the leading characters could be a cause of such a ban. In fact it was passed in May 1950 with an 'A' certificate, after two or three minutes of cuts, giving it a running time of ninety-one minutes, which I surmise is the version on the current R2 DVD.


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