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La grande strada azzurra (1957)

Squarciò, a fisherman, lives with his family on a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Italy. Like his fellow villagers, Squarciò struggles against harsh living conditions, a scarcity of... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Giovanni Squarciò
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Rosetta, la moglie
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Salvatore
Umberto Spadaro ...
Gaspare Puggioni, 1st Coast Guard Officer
Peter Carsten ...
Riva, 2nd Coast Guard Officer
Federica Ranchi ...
Diana Squarciò, la figlia
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Renato (as Mario Girotti)
Ronaldo Bonacchi ...
Bore Squarciò, il figlio (as Ronaldino Bonacchi)
Giancarlo Soblone ...
Antonio 'Tonino' Squarciò, il figlio
Josip Batistic
Stane Potokar
Angelo Zanolli
Giorgio Kuru
Janez Vrhovec
Milutin Jasnic
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Squarciò, a fisherman, lives with his family on a small island off the Dalmatian coast of Italy. Like his fellow villagers, Squarciò struggles against harsh living conditions, a scarcity of fish in nearby waters and exploitation by the local wholesaler. But while the other fishermen continue to use nets, he goes out to the open sea to fish illegally with bombs. But Squarciò borrows money, loses his boat, and in a moment of supreme desperation, has to bomb directly off-shore, causing the hatred and rejection of his fellow fishermen. Trying to save his family, Squarciò and his young sons sail their new boat out beyond the local waters and bomb-fish again. But this time, the sea exacts a terrible toll... Written by Dennis Doros & Amy Heller

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Release Date:

22 November 1957 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Wide Blue Road  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,741 (USA) (8 June 2001)

Gross:

$6,741 (USA) (8 June 2001)
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Montand goes fishing with dynamite in blue Italian seas
11 August 2001 | by (West Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Interesting, colorful and picturesque communist melodrama with a brilliant performance by Yves Montand as a dynamite fisherman trying to stay one step ahead of the law. Montand even does his own underwater swimming stunts as you can clearly see it's him swimming in the shots. I wouldn't say the photography's spectacular (the way "Bonjour Tristesse" shot on the French Riviera is spectacular) but it's certainly beautiful, though the colors seemed a little faded even in the restored print I saw. A little less overblown music would've been more to my taste, but I enjoyed the film nevertheless for what it was: "Old Man and the Sea" meets the "Bicycle Thief." The little blonde boy in the film is certainly very Bruno-like in his half-pint-acting-grown-up act, loudly gesturing and protecting his beautiful sister's (Federica Ranchi, ooffaaa!--giving Sophia Loren more than a good run for her money) 'honor' and everything! The film also contains the only shot I know of Montand giving 'the Italian arm salute' obscene gesture in front of his kids to the coast guard after he beats them to the punch during a very close-call; try to find someone flipping 'the finger' in an American Film of the period! Impossible. Pontecorvo was keeping it real way, way back before "Battle of Algiers" and "Burn!".


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