Fists in the Pocket (1965)
"I pugni in tasca" (original title)

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


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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 <>

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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 »


Although he is dead, Leone's right eye can be seen twitching as he lies in his coffin during the wake. See more »


Alessandro: I'm a volcano of ideas.
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References The Wild One (1953) See more »

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A bit shocking, but it leaves you cold
14 February 2000 | by (Firenze, Italy) – See all my reviews

I found it a bit disappointing. There are great moments -the funeral or the dance party for example- but as a whole I came out of the theater pretty unimpressed. Still, you have to remember that it first came out in 1965,and what happens in the movie must have chilled the Italian public of that time. Rating;6

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