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Mafioso (1962)

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When a good-natured factory supervisor living in Milan with his Northern wife returns to his native Sicily, a decades' old oath forces him to fulfill a nightmarish obligation.

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Antonio Badalamenti
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Marta
Gabriella Conti ...
Rosalia
Ugo Attanasio ...
Don Vincenzo
Cinzia Bruno ...
Donatella
Katiuscia ...
Patrizia (as Katiusca Piretti)
Armando Tine ...
Dr. Zanchi
Lilly Bistrattin ...
Dr. Zanchi's Secretary
Michèle Bailly ...
Young Baroness
Francesco Lo Briglio ...
Don Calogero
Carmelo Oliviero ...
Don Liborio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefano Benigno
Paolo Cuccia
Hugh Hurd
Vincenzo Norvese
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Storyline

Antonio is a jolly and precise guy working for an auto factory in northern Italy. He decides to take his wife and two daughters on vacation to Sicily, so that they can finally see his hometown and meet his family. He's excited to show them around and dispel many of their negative stereotypes about Sicilians. He even dispels stereotypes about the mafia, saying that being a mafioso as a teen amounted to just being a messenger boy. But as Antonio reconnects with his past in Sicily, he finds out that there are more sides to being a Sicilian than he remembers. Written by krasnoludek

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25 October 1962 (Italy)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$29,965 (USA) (19 January 2007)

Gross:

$398,614 (USA) (27 July 2007)
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Don Vincenzo: The lies of a woman when softened by grace and courtesy are always welcome.
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Masterpiece of Italian cinema
12 January 2007 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Albert Sordi is virtually unknown here in the United States. He's been called the Italian Peter Sellars but I think that should be reversed, Sellers was the British Sordi. Just one look at his performance in this film should cement that fact that Sordi was by far a better dramatic actor then anything I've seen Sellars do.

I had the pleasure of seeing this film twice and it really improves the second time. The loud behavior is a little off-putting the first time but the second viewing revealed all the incredible subtleties in the film and the performances.

The direction is extremely good. Director Lattuada is unknown here despite his extensive resume. I could see a definite influence on Sergio Leone in the camera placement and attention to detail. And the music is exceptional as well. The switch to serious drama is what makes this a great film. A lesser production would have made the mafia into clowns.

If the film comes into town make a point to see it. It's better then most of the stuff being made today.


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