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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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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)
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Did You Know?

Italian censorship visa # 41137 delivered on 10-9-1963.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in La vita agra (1964)See more »


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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An outstanding masterpiece of political cinema, 15 January 2010
Author: rowmorg from Eel Pie Island

I don't recollect giving many 10s. This film has to get the gong: it has it all, great acting, great scenario, brilliant direction, it's one of those films that feels like a slice of life rather than a drama. It could have been made yesterday, although not in the USA, I hasten to add, which is a shame because it really describes the post-WW2 dispensation imposed on Italy by the USA, with the aid of the Comorra, the criminal tribal system of greater Naples. The quintessential American figure, the property developer, played by US icon Rod Steiger, stands at the centre of this maelstrom of a movie, denounced daily on all fronts by the leader of the Left forces, De Vita (Carlo Fermariello), and catered to by the assortment of running dogs and capos on the Right. This movie performs nothing less than open-heart surgery on a great city at a turning point in its history: the eloquence, the in-fighting, the soul-searching. It also contains some great film-making, particularly the initial fatal building collapse that triggers the narrative. This film gets to the heart of what went wrong with the modern city, and it has attained the status of universality. In my opinion, every American high-school student should be obliged to view it in order to graduate from High school.

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