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26 June 1961 (USA) See more »
DARING in its realism. STUNNING in its impact. BREATHTAKING in its scope.
Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Alain Delon ... Rocco Parondi

Renato Salvatori ... Simone Parondi

Annie Girardot ... Nadia
Katina Paxinou ... Rosaria Parondi
Alessandra Panaro ... Ciro's Fiancee
Spiros Focás ... Vincenzo Parondi (as Spiros Focas)
Max Cartier ... Ciro Parondi
Corrado Pani ... Ivo
Rocco Vidolazzi ... Luca Parondi
Claudia Mori ... Laundrey Worker
Adriana Asti ... Laundrey Worker
Enzo Fiermonte ... Boxer
Nino Castelnuovo ... Nino Rossi
Rosario Borelli ... Un biscazziere
Renato Terra ... Alfredo, Ginetta's brother
Roger Hanin ... Morini
Paolo Stoppa ... Cerri
Suzy Delair ... Luisa

Claudia Cardinale ... Ginetta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luigi Basagaluppi ... (uncredited)
Sauveur Chioca ... (uncredited)
Bruno Fortilli ... (uncredited)
Biagio Gambini ... Boxing Coach (uncredited)
Becker Masoero ... Nadia's Mother (uncredited)
Rocco Mazzola ... (uncredited)
Felice Musazzi ... (uncredited)
Eduardo Passarelli ... (uncredited)
Emilio Rinaldi ... (uncredited)
Gino Seretti ... (uncredited)
Franca Valeri ... Widow (uncredited)

Directed by
Luchino Visconti 
Writing credits
Luchino Visconti (story) &
Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story) &
Vasco Pratolini (story)

Suso Cecchi D'Amico (screenplay and dialogue) &
Pasquale Festa Campanile (screenplay and dialogue) &
Massimo Franciosa (screenplay and dialogue) &
Enrico Medioli (screenplay and dialogue) &
Luchino Visconti (screenplay and dialogue)

Giovanni Testori (inspired by an episode from the novel "Il ponte della Ghisolfa")

Produced by
Goffredo Lombardo .... producer
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
Costume Design by
Piero Tosi 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Vasco Reggiani .... hair stylist
Production Management
Giuseppe Bordogni .... production manager
Luigi Ceccarelli .... production supervisor
Anna Davini .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerzy Macc .... assistant director (as Jerry Macc)
Lucio Orlandini .... assistant director
Rinaldo Ricci .... assistant director
Art Department
Ferdinando Giovannoni .... assistant art director
Pasquale Romano .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Giovanni Rossi .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Nino Cristiani .... camera operator
Franco Delli Colli .... camera operator
Silvano Ippoliti .... camera operator
Osvaldo Massimi .... assistant camera
Paul Ronald .... still photographer
Enrico Fontana .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Roberto Gengarelli .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bice Brichetto .... assistant costume designer
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Other crew
Albino Cocco .... script supervisor
Anna Davini .... production assistant
Romolo Germano .... production secretary
Mario Licari .... production secretary
Gianni Bonagura .... voice dubbing: Roger Hanin (uncredited)
Alida Cappellini .... voice dubbing: Rocco Vidolazzi (uncredited)
Riccardo Cucciolla .... voice dubbing: Renato Salvatori (uncredited)
Valentina Fortunato .... voice dubbing: Annie Girardot (uncredited)
Cesarina Gheraldi .... voice dubbing: Katina Paxinou (uncredited)
Mario Maldesi .... dubbing director (uncredited)
Fulvia Mammi .... voice dubbing: Alessandra Panaro (uncredited)
Achille Millo .... voice dubbing: Alain Delon (uncredited)
Luisella Visconti .... voice dubbing: Claudia Cardinale (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Rocco e i suoi fratelli" - Italy (original title)
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Spain:168 min (DVD edition) | Italy:177 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1985) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1962) | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Italy:VM14 (restored version) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1991) | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Despite the censorship problems - or perhaps because of them - the film was a big commercial success in its native Italy.See more »
Rocco Parondi:There's no hope now!See more »
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49 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Thank God for Italy..., 18 June 2006
Author: mido505 from Richmond, VA

Although the French Nouvelle Vague gets all the press, it is the Italian neorealist movement that has had the greatest impact on American cinema. Let's face it, aside from some of Godard's editing tricks in Breathless, what kind of influence did the Nouvelle Vague really have? Godard. Truffaut. Chabrol. Rohmer. Rivette. Resnais. Decent filmmakers all, but, when one looks closely, more interesting for their influences than for their influence. But the Italians, oh, the Italians. Bava. Fellini. Rossellini. De Sica. Bertolucci. Visconti. I think it is safe to say that, without the films of these incredible innovators, American movies would have rotted away into nothing. It was the post WWII Italian neorealist movement, and its heady brew of Marxism and melodrama, that inflamed the imaginations of filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, and led them, especially in Coppola's case, to use many of the same personnel on their own productions. Vittorio Storaro. Giuseppe Rotunno. Nino Rota. Ferdinando Scarfiotti. Danilo Donati. Where would the great American films of the seventies be without the contributions of these astoundingly talented artists and technicians?

Rocco and His Brothers is a jaw-dropping work, so ferociously brilliant that it takes your breath away. As a Visconti fan, I have been waiting to watch it for years. Yet, despite my eagerness, the DVD sat on top of the television for two weeks before I finally popped it in. Curiously, I had the same reaction to The Leopard, another Visconti masterwork, a couple of years ago. As I get older, I find it harder and harder to abandon myself to a work of art. Great works of art force one to give oneself over to them completely, suspend judgment, accept them unconditionally. When one is young and unformed, the process is easy; as one gets older, and the carapace of personality hardens, the process becomes more difficult. There is a good reason for this; the effort is often not worth while; one comes out of the experience diminished, drained, let down.

Rocco and His Brothers holds no such disappointment. It is a vast, capacious work, complex, generous, passionate, and intensely moving. The talent on display here defies analysis: Alain Delon is luminous as the saintly Rocco; Katina Paxinou achieves Shakespearean grandeur as the Parondi family matriarch; Giuseppe Rotunno's cinematography is starkly beautiful; and Nino Rota's music is heartbreaking. I do not want to give too much of this film away, but I must point out that, contrary to what some reviews on this site have to say, this film is not just about the corruption that big city life brings to a peasant family. Rocco may be a saint, but his all-forgiving nature drives much of the tragedy that unfolds. It is Ciro, the compassionate but just brother, and successful entrant into Milan's urban proletariat, who will lead the family into an uncertain but perhaps hopeful future.

Let me just finish by pointing out how wonderful it is to see a movie that ends with a meaningful and distinctive final shot. You don't see much of that anymore.

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