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4 April 1968 (USA) See more »
A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiraling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Franco Citti ... Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi
Franca Pasut ... Stella
Silvana Corsini ... Maddalena
Paola Guidi ... Ascenza

Adriana Asti ... Amore
Luciano Conti ... Il Moicano
Luciano Gonini ... Piede D'Oro
Renato Capogna ... Renato
Alfredo Leggi ... Papo Hirmedo
Galeazzo Riccardi ... Cipolla
Leonardo Muraglia ... Mammoletto
Giuseppe Ristagno ... Peppe
Roberto Giovannoni ... The German
Mario Cipriani ... Balilla
Roberto Scaringella ... Cartagine
Silvio Citti ... Sabino
Giovanni Orgitano ... Scucchia
Piero Morgia ... Pio
Umberto Bevilacqua ... Salvatore
Franco Bevilacqua ... Franco
Amerigo Bevilacqua ... Amerigo
Sergio Fioravanti ... Gennarino
Adele Cambria ... Nannina
Adriano Mazzelli ... Amore's client
Mario Castiglione ... Mario
Dino Frondi ... Dino
Tommaso Nuovo ... Tommaso
Romolo Orazi ... Father-in-law
Massimo Cacciafeste ... Brother-in-law
Francesco Orazi
Mario Guerani ... Il commissario
Stefano D'Arrigo ... Il giudice istruttore
Enrico Fioravanti ... Agente
Nino Russo ... Agente (as Enrico Russo)
Edgardo Siroli ... Farlocchio
Renato Terra ... Farlocchio
Emanuele Di Bari ... Sor Pietro
Franco Marucci ... Accattone's Friend
Carlo Sardoni ... Accattone's Friend
Adriana Moneta ... Margheritona
Polidor ... Becchino
Danilo Alleva ... Iaio
Sergio Citti ... Waiter
Elsa Morante ... A prisoner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriele Baldini ... Intellectual (uncredited)
Franco Venditti ... Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini (story)

Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay)

Sergio Citti (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Alfredo Bini .... producer
Cino Del Duca .... producer
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Production Design by
Flavio Mogherini 
Set Decoration by
Gino Lazzari 
Production Management
Marcello Bollero .... production manager
Eliseo Boschi .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leopoldo Savona .... assistant director
Sound Department
Manlio Magara .... boom operator
Luigi Puri .... sound
Antonio Catalano .... sound restoration: Italian (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Franco Delli Colli .... camera operator
Gioacchino Sofia .... assistant camera
Music Department
Carlo Rustichelli .... musical director
Other crew
Bernardo Bertolucci .... production assistant
Lina D'Amico .... script supervisor
Herman G. Weinberg .... re-release English subtitles
Paolo Ferrari .... voice dubbing: Franco Citti (uncredited)
Isabel Mulá .... intern (uncredited)
Deddi Savagnone .... voice dubbing: Franca Pasut (uncredited)
Luisella Visconti .... voice dubbing: Adriana Asti (uncredited)
Monica Vitti .... voice dubbing: Paola Guidi (uncredited)
Ileana Zezza .... voice dubbing: Silvana Corsini (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Accattone!" - USA
"The Scrounger" - USA (informal English title)
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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Italy:16+ (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (2008) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1972) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:13 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating)

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"Accattone" is Roman dialect and derives from "accattare" (to take, gain or acquire, often by illegal or otherwise unorthodox means). It indicates a beggar, and was mainly used in a non-literal sense, that is, it does not indicate a professional beggar but someone who lives of expedients: small thefts, begging, small-time frauds. It is a heavily derogatory term, and the leading character's having it as a nickname means he was held in low esteem even by other criminals (as this was usually the case for pimps, as they exploited prostitutes and gained money but did not personally risk their lives and health, unlike thieves, robbers and other members of the underworld). This word has become almost obsolete in Roman dialect nowadays.See more »
Franco:In love! Are you telling me fairytales. If you told me he was starving I'd believe it but in love!See more »
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Incredibly bleak tale, told without sentiment or moral preaching, 26 September 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

The term 'accattone' is an old Italian phrase intended to brand a character with an aura of absolute repulsiveness. Thieves and low-lives would usually coin the term when referring to a character that is so despicable, so without moral or social decency, that even the criminals would look down upon them. In Pier Paolo Pasolini's incredibly assured debut, 'Accattone' is Vittorio (Franco Citti), a low-life pimp who when he is not sitting around squeezing money out of people with wagers and tricks, is abusing his lone prostitute who cannot work after breaking her leg in a motorcycle accident. It's a tale of a despicable scumbag, set during a dark period in Rome, where men viewed working as slave labour, and enjoyed themselves by beating prostitutes to within an inch of their life.

It's an incredibly bleak tale, told without sentiment and moral preaching. Pasolini's doesn't seem to want to dictate a larger social message, or make Accattone a sympathetic character who is the victim of political or social oppression, but to simply tell a tale, a real tale, of a group of low-lives who are the way they are because they want to be. After all, the true soul of neo-realism is to portray life the way actual people experience it, not to romanticise or sentimentalise it with the kind of scripts Hollywood are responsible for. Of course, many neo-realist directors would almost betray the genres roots the kind of way only auteurs can manage, and Pasolini would go on to make more surrealistic and interpretive movies, but this is true neo-realism without any kind of magical reward for the audience, or a moment of redemptive enlightenment for its protagonist. It's a story of grit, one that is thrilling and fascinating in equal measures, and with the stamp of a great director.

The film I felt it more akin to is Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados (1950), a film of equal disregard for cinematic wonder, and one that is also punctured by an impressive dream sequence. Whilst Bunuel's sequence came around the middle section, and was a burst of absolute surrealistic beauty amongst social depravity, Accattone's comes during its climax; a strange, moody set-piece in which Accattone witnesses his own funeral, amongst other things. At first I felt like it was almost betraying what came before, but then I realised it was Pasolini's way to try and get into its characters head, and the outcome is as confusing and as futile as Accattone himself. Though I haven't seen much of Pasolini's work, this is the best I've seen, beating even the distressing brilliance of his final film Salo (1975). Though he would move away from neo-realism, Pasolini achieves more with his debut than some of the greats of the genre would manage to achieve.

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