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9 October 1963 (Italy) See more »
Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal. | Add synopsis »
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Rod Steiger ... 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
Renato Terra ... Giornalista
Franco Rigamonte ... Consigiliere Comunale
Renzo Farinelli ... Giornalista
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ennio Antonelli ... Man in angry mob in Town Council (uncredited)

Directed by
Francesco Rosi 
Writing credits
Francesco Rosi (idea) &
Raffaele La Capria (idea)

Enzo Forcella  screenplay
Raffaele La Capria  screenplay
Enzo Provenzale  screenplay
Francesco Rosi  screenplay

Produced by
Lionello Santi .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Gianni Di Venanzo 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
Production Design by
Sergio Canevari 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gentili 
Carlo Rossi 
Costume Design by
Marilù Carteny 
Makeup Department
Franco Corridoni .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gaetano Amata .... production supervisor
Roberto Cocco .... production supervisor
Enzo Provenzale .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nando Cicero .... assistant director (as Fernando Cicero)
Mario Forges Davanzati .... second assistant director
Marco Guarnascheli .... second assistant director
Roberto Pariante .... assistant director
Art Department
Carlo Agati .... assistant decorator
Massimo Rosi .... construction manager
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Giuseppe Muratori .... boom operator
Vittorio Trentino .... sound technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Vittorugo Contino .... still photographer
Pasqualino De Santis .... camera operator
Mario Dolcetti .... still photographer
Emilio Loffredo .... assistant camera
Osvaldo Massimi .... assistant camera
Marcello Mastrogirolamo .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Eva Latini .... assistant editor
Enzo Verzini .... lab technician
Other crew
Dante Brini .... administrator
Lamberto Pippia .... continuity
Mario Frera .... voice dubbing (uncredited)
Aldo Giuffrè .... voice dubbing: Rod Steiger (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le mani sulla città" - Italy (original title)
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Italian censorship visa # 41137 delivered on 10-9-1963.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Diario napoletano (1992)See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
world of corruption, 18 January 2013
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

Francesco Rosi's movie "Le mani sulla città" ("Hands Over the City" in English) is about a developer (Rod Steiger) whose building collapses, leading to political fallout. While it looks like a simple story of corruption in Naples, it could be anywhere on earth. Any time that someone skimps on something, the people are going to suffer. People who insist that there should be no government involvement in anything don't realize (or refuse to realize) that they might be the ones suffering.

If the movie has any downside, it's that we don't get to hear much from the people who suffered from the collapsed building. After the collapse, there are some scenes of protests, but most of the movie looks at the inner workings of the city government and how accusations fly in all directions.

Rod Steiger (speaking perfect Italian) is particularly interesting as the developer-turned-city councilman. The guy looks like he could be any working stiff, but he has all sorts of Machiavellian plans. The last scene shows the various buildings throughout Naples, forcing the viewer to wonder if the whole thing will soon start over. All in all, it's a really good movie.

PS: One scene inadvertently portends political crises to come in Italy. Towards the end of the movie, a character walks by a poster of Aldo Moro. Moro later got kidnapped and executed by the Red Brigades.

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