10 user 28 critic

Fists in the Pocket (1965)

I pugni in tasca (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 May 1968 (USA)
A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.



On Disc

at Amazon

4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

China Is Near (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A pair of working class lovers - a secretary and an accountant, scheme to marry into the rich landed gentry. Their targets are a professor, Vittorio Gordini Malvezzi ,(Glauco Mauri), who is... See full summary »

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Glauco Mauri, Elda Tattoli, Paolo Graziosi
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The 1978 kidnapping of politician Aldo Moro as seen from the perspective of one of his assailants: a conflicted young woman in the ranks of the Red Brigade.

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio, Roberto Herlitzka
Il Posto (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A very young college graduate attempts to obtain a position with a large corporation.

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Sandro Panseri, Loredana Detto, Tullio Kezich
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Yves Beneyton, Renato Scarpa, Piero Vida
Vincere (2009)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino.

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Burned-out, over-the-hill actor Giovanni returns to Bologna for the funeral of his twin, Pippo, a wealthy suicide unlucky in love. The family tells Pippo's mother it was an accident, but ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Lou Castel, Ángela Molina, Emmanuelle Riva
Victory March (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Michele Placido, Franco Nero, Miou-Miou
I Fidanzati (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department. His impending absence strains his ... See full summary »

Director: Ermanno Olmi
Stars: Carlo Cabrini, Anna Canzi
Il gabbiano (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Remo Girone, Laura Betti, Pamela Villoresi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint.

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A populist right-wing tabloid newspaper tries to derail the official police investigation of a brutal murder of a young girl in order to help the fascist and right-wing candidates it supports in the upcoming elections.

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Fabio Garriba, Carla Tatò
Sorelle Mai (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The film, a nostalgic fantasy documentary, depicts in six episodes a family story in Bobbio between 1999 and 2008. We discover the 5 years-old Elena being brought up by her aunts (Marco ... See full summary »

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Elena Bellocchio, Donatella Finocchiaro


Cast overview:
Marino Masé ...
Liliana Gerace ...
Pier Luigi Troglio ...
Jeannie McNeil ...
Irene Agnelli ...
Celestina Bellocchio ...
Ragazza alla festa
Stefania Troglio ...
Gianni Schicchi ...
Alfredo Filippazzi ...
Gianfranco Cella ...
Ragazzo alla festa
Lella Bertante
Sandra Bergamini
Mauro Martini ...


Alessandro, a young epileptic with paranoid inclinations, decides to relieve Augusto, the only sound brother, from the burden of a numerous family plagued with hereditary diseases. After a first aborted attempt, the dreadful series of accidents/murders is started by pushing the blind mother into a ravine. Then comes the turn of Leone, the idiotic brother. Will Alessandro be able to bring to completion his obsessive project ? Written by Stefano Cristiani <cristiani@astrpd.pd.astro.it>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Not Rated | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fist in His Pocket  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Director Marco Bellocchio borrowed money from his family to be able to make this film, which is actually a frontal assault on family values. See more »


When the whole family is having dinner, Augusto is seated at one corner of the table and the mother is sitting on a side at the other corner. The cat is shown to be eating meat off the mother's plate in one scene, but in the next scene Augusto is shown picking up the cat as if was right next to him on the table. Once he removes the cat, the next camera angle again shows Augusto and the mother at opposite ends. See more »


Alessandro: I'm a volcano of ideas.
See more »


References The Wild One (1953) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

What torture, living in this house!
6 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This first effort by writer/director Marco Bellocchio has been called a drama by some, and a horror film by others. It is both. It is neither.

It is a view of a dysfunctional family. I almost had the impression they cam from a long line of incest like The People Under the Stairs. One wants to get away, another has epilepsy, the mother is blind, one seems to be developmentally disabled, and the last, Giulia (Paola Pitagora)is really not classifiable, but she sure seems to spend a lot of time very close to her brother Ale (Lou Castel).

Ale feels sorry for his older brother, Augusto (Marino Masé) and hatches a plan to drive the rest of the family, including himself off a cliff so his brother can get on with his life.

His plan fails, so he starts doing them in one by one.

Watching him is mesmerizing. You just have to see what he is going to try next. In the meantime, the family just acts as crazy as you would expect.

Bellocchio went on to direct many more great films including A Leap in the Dark, The Prince of Homburg, and The Religion Hour. It is amazing his first was so good.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Strange feelings Toxor_Axiom
Music in the final scene acephalica
R-rated? downrightindie
Where exactly was this films location? thurman43
Review! TrafficjamsandTea
Drugs Alessandro takes matt72582
Discuss Fists in the Pocket (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: