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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 »
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The Great Anna 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)

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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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia:
Although Tennessee Williams wrote the role of Serafina in his 1951 Broadway play for Anna Magnani, her English skills were too limited and Maureen Stapleton played the role instead to great acclaim. Stapleton also would originate the role of Lady Torrance in Williams' "Orpheus Descending", a role Magnani also would play on film.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 »
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Great Anna Magnani, 9 June 2005
Author: drednm from United States

The Rose Tattoo is a solid film with terrific performances by 3 Oscar winners: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, and Jo Van Fleet. Magnani landed the film version after Maureen Stapleton had originated the part on Broadway, and she is terrific as the smouldering Italian woman whose husband is killed when he is caught smuggling. The Tennessee Williams play touches on the usual ingredients of sexual repression and denial and hypocrisy. After years of mourning the dead husband (the Baron), Magnani finally gives in to sexual urges (with Lancaster) only after the swarm of village women (a pack of Italian harpy hags that acts as a Greek Chorus) convince her that the husband had been unfaithful. The subplot involves the purity of the daughter who is dating an equally pure sailor (Marisa Pavan and Ben Cooper). The subplot is boring. Lancaster is good as the simpleton truck driver who serves as the double for the dead husband, right down to the rose tattoo on his chest. Another rose tattoo shows up on the chest of the husband's floozie girl friend (nicely played by Virginia Grey), which serves as the "proof" Magnani needs to finally believe her husband's cheating. Lots of symbolism and circular plots, but the bottom line is the excellence of the acting. Magnani won a well-deserved Oscar for this film. Her scenes with Lancaster are electric. And Van Fleet is super as the shrieking customer (Magnani is a seamstress); it's no coincidence that Van Fleet won the supporting actress Oscar that year for East of Eden, since her performance in The Rose Tattoo is a world apart from that film. And yes Tennessee Williams can be glimpsed as a barfly at the Mardi Gras Club.

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