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Vito Polara (Suarez)is ambitious and wants to get as more power and money as possible. He decides to leave the cigarette smuggling and try to get the total control of the regional fruit and... See full summary »

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Assunta
José Suárez ...
Vito Polara
Nino Vingelli ...
Gennaro
José Jaspe ...
Raffaele
Tina Castigliano ...
Madre di Vito
Decimo Cristiani ...
Salvatore Ajello
Elsa Valentino Ascoli ...
Madre di Assunta
Pasquale Cennamo ...
Fernando Ajello
Nello Ascoli
Salvatore Cafiero
Guido Cante
Gennaro Di Napoli
Elsa Fiore
Ferdinando Gerra
Ubaldo Granata ...
Califano
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Vito Polara (Suarez)is ambitious and wants to get as more power and money as possible. He decides to leave the cigarette smuggling and try to get the total control of the regional fruit and vegetable distribution considered more profitable. He looks for the help of a rural crime Boss. He sets up a challenge to the local Camorra (Neapolitan Mafia) chieftains that could show soon who is the real powerful Boss. Written by 1felco

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6 September 1958 (Italy)  »

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ESP 3,721,057 (Spain)
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Respectable first feature from a major director.
26 April 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Rosi, later director of SALVATORE GIULIANO and the Gian Maria Volonte thrillers, is running up to speed here but the strong use of location - Naples tenements contrasted to the farming community - makes him an interesting link between the Neo Realists and the political thriller lot of the seventies, Damiano and the rest.

Suarez, the lead, switches from cigarette smuggling to vegetables, forming an uneasy alliance with the rural crime Don. We know he's going to get his but before that happens he's paired with Schiafino among the laundry drying on the roof, so that their mothers can argue whether she's an under age innocent or the local slut, and moved her into a bay view flat. Some suspense builds with in the final drive back to the city.

Compare this one with the similar themed American JUKE GIRL and THIEVES' HIGHWAY.

The technicians are excellent, with Di Venanzo's total focus look evident here before his Antonioni successes made him famous.


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