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Director:
Writers:
Tennessee Williams (screenplay)
Hal Kanter (adaptation)
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Release Date:
1956 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Lusty...Rousing...Startling! See more »
Plot:
An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
worth watching for the outstanding acting of Magnani See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anna Magnani ... Serafina Delle Rose

Burt Lancaster ... Alvaro Mangiacavallo

Marisa Pavan ... Rosa Delle Rose
Ben Cooper ... Seaman Jack Hunter
Virginia Grey ... Estelle Hohengarten

Jo Van Fleet ... Bessie
Sandro Giglio ... Father De Leo

Mimi Aguglia ... Assunta
Florence Sundstrom ... Flora
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albert Adkins ... Mario (uncredited)
Don Bachardy ... Passenger in Back Seat of Car (uncredited)
Larry Chance ... Rosario Delle Rose (uncredited)
Lewis Charles ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Roger Gunderson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jean Hart ... Violetta (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Pop Mangiacavallo (uncredited)
Dorrit Kelton ... Schoolteacher (uncredited)
May Lee ... Mamma Shigura - Tattoo Artist (uncredited)
Augusta Merighi ... Giuseppina (uncredited)
Natalie Murray ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Virgil Osborne ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Margherita Pasquero ... Grandma Mangiacavallo (uncredited)
Rosa Rey ... Mariella (uncredited)
Rossana San Marco ... Peppina (uncredited)
Georgia Simmons ... The Strega (uncredited)
Zolya Talma ... Miss Mangiacavallo (uncredited)
Fred Taylor ... Grocery Cashier (uncredited)
Roland Vildo ... Salvatore (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis ... Man at Mardi Gras Club (uncredited)

Tennessee Williams ... Man at Mardi Gras Club (uncredited)
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Directed by
Daniel Mann 
 
Writing credits
Tennessee Williams (screenplay)

Hal Kanter (adaptation)

Tennessee Williams (play "The Rose Tattoo")

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Arthur Krams 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard McWhorter .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Editorial Department
Warren Low .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Alex North .... musical director
John Paris .... in German version
Just Scheu .... Lyrics in the german version
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Cheryl Crawford .... stage producer: New York
 
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Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
Though the script places the location in a small Mississippi Gulf town, exteriors were shot in Key West. When scouting for locations, a perfect fit was found for the exterior of the house owned by Serafina Delle Rose on Duncan Street. A fence indicating a goat paddock was needed next door and the crew was worried the owner may object to the filming nearby and the addition of a ramshackle fence on his property. They needn't have worried - the house and property next door at 1431 Ducan was the home that Tennessee Williams shared with his lover Frank Merlo himself who happily agreed to its use even inviting Magnani (close friends of Merlo and Williams) and Lancaster to use it as their dressing rooms. In later years, Williams had an enormous mosaic of a rose tattoo embedded in the floor of the pool behind the house, which is still there today.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the truck crashes in flames and rolls down the hillside, it is obvious from the beginning of the sequence that there is nobody in the cab.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bullets Over Broadway (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Sheik of ArabySee more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
worth watching for the outstanding acting of Magnani, 26 April 2005
Author: wonderlandAlice from United States

I recommend this film solely to witness Magnani's performance, which was an utterly beautiful piece of acting, indeed. Although I did not feel pulled into the plot very much, I did sympathize with Magnani's character because she played her part with such heart. I must admit that I was disappointed by Lancaster's overacting, and the minor actors also were not at all impressive. Also, I do not feel inspired to read the play itself because I don't think that reading it could compare to watching Magnani's riveting performance through which Magnani's soul itself seems to bleed.

Although I cannot think of another film with such an engaging actress, the beginning tone and ambiance of this film reminded me of other Tennessee Williams works. The atmosphere is open, naked, and almost frightening; Williams's plays always introduce characters that are very human--weak, lonely, unsettled--and deeply passionate. He doesn't take care to hide the frightening and desperate side of people even though we may not want to see that. He makes no exception in this piece, and this sense of humanity is most effectively portrayed through Magnani.

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