7.8/10
1,586
6 user 35 critic

Hands Over the City (1963)

Le mani sulla città (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 October 1963 (Italy)
Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal.

Director:

Writers:

(idea), (idea) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Luigi Squarzina, Peter Baldwin
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The unclear and complicate twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano.

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Frank Wolff, Salvo Randone, Frederico Zardi
Lucky Luciano (1973)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lucky Luciano is one of the bosses of the Mafia. He orders the slaughter of 40 other responsibles, therefore becoming the only boss. But a few years later he is put into jail. In 1946, he ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Vincent Gardenia, Silverio Blasi
Crime | Thriller | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A detective (inspector Rogas) is assigned to investigate the mysterious murders of some Supreme Court judges. During the investigation he discovers a complot that involves the Italian ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Lino Ventura, Tino Carraro, Marcel Bozzuffi
Many Wars Ago (1970)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops.

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Mark Frechette, Alain Cuny, Gian Maria Volontè
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the fascist Italy of 1935, a painter trained as a doctor is exiled to a remote region near Eboli. Over time, he learns to appreciate the beauty and wisdom of the peasants, and to ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Paolo Bonacelli, Alain Cuny
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three men face their mother's death.

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Michele Placido, Vittorio Mezzogiorno
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The rise and fall of a famous torero, Miguelin, inside and outside of the bullfighters ring.

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Miguel Mateo 'Miguelín', José Gómez Sevillano, Pedro Basauri 'Pedrucho'
La sfida (1958)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Vito Polara is a young ambitious man from the slums of Naples, who wants to get as much power and money as possible. He decides to quit smuggling cigarettes and tries to take over the local... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Rosanna Schiaffino, José Suárez, Nino Vingelli
Todo modo (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Party leader and power broker Aldo Moro, holed up with his cronies and rivals at a monastic retreat where they plot their political fortunes while being led by a Jesuit cleric in spiritual cleansings.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Marcello Mastroianni, Mariangela Melato
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio
Lulu the Tool (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Mariangela Melato, Gino Pernice
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Edoardo Nottola
Salvo Randone ...
De Angelis
Guido Alberti ...
Maglione
Angelo D'Alessandro ...
Balsamo
Carlo Fermariello ...
De Vita
Marcello Cannavale ...
Amico di Nottola
Alberto Conocchia ...
Amico di Nottola
Gaetano Grimaldi Filioli ...
Amico di Nottola
Terenzio Cordova ...
Commissario
Dante Di Pinto ...
Presidente della Commissione
Dany París ...
Dany - Amante di Maglione
Alberto Amato ...
Consigliere Comunale
Vincenzo Metafora ...
Sindaco
Pasquale Martino ...
Capo dell'archivio
Mario Perelli ...
Capo dell'Ufficio Technico
Edit

Storyline

Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

9 October 1963 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

As Mãos Sobre a Cidade  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rod Steiger's character comments that he looks too much like Benito Mussolini. Stegier would play Mussolini later in The Last 4 Days (1974) and Lion of the Desert (1980). See more »

Crazy Credits

Western Electric is misspelled ('Elettric'). See more »

Connections

Featured in One Hundred Steps (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Disagree with both previous comments
14 August 2008 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This film is not about any aspect of human activity which is particular to Italian life. It is about the prevalence of greed and corruption over the human being and society anywhere. In this sense its value is universal - not limited to Italy. One of its strong points is precisely that it is not focused on an individual family's drama. Such focus often moves in a very superficial way - it turns the universal problem into one family's problem (and if it could be solved everything would be fine). Take a movie like "Ace in the hole". An outstanding movie, one of the best of its kind and its time (maybe of all time) and a good example of the human-focused view. You empathise with the victim, you rebel against the man (KD) but otherwise this can still be the best of all possible worlds. Not so in any of the films of Rosi. Rosi, in this more than in any other of his films, puts the collective problem, as well as the collective responsibility so clearly and so strongly to the fore that I believe this to be, maybe, the best political film of its kind ever made.


16 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Music? craiglbennett
ESSENTIAL VIEWING famousmortimer-2
Discuss Hands Over the City (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?