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Release Date:
27 May 1968 (USA) See more »
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A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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A masterpiece! See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lou Castel ... Alessandro

Paola Pitagora ... Giulia
Marino Masé ... Augusto
Liliana Gerace ... Madre
Pier Luigi Troglio ... Leone
Jeannie McNeil ... Lucia
Irene Agnelli ... Bruna
Celestina Bellocchio ... Ragazza alla festa
Stefania Troglio ... Cameriera
Gianni Schicchi ... Tonino
Alfredo Filippazzi ... Dottore
Gianfranco Cella ... Ragazzo alla festa
Lella Bertante
Sandra Bergamini
Mauro Martini ... Ragazzo

Directed by
Marco Bellocchio 
 
Writing credits
Marco Bellocchio 

Produced by
Enzo Doria .... producer (as Ezio Passadore)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Alberto Marrama 
 
Film Editing by
Silvano Agosti  (as Aurelio Mangiarotti)
Anita Cacciolati 
 
Art Direction by
Gisella Longo 
 
Sound Department
Vittorio De Sisti .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giuseppe Lanci .... camera operator
Alberto Rosa .... assistant camera
 
Other crew
Elda Tattoli .... dubbing director
Paolo Carlini .... voice dubbing: Lou Castel (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"I pugni in tasca" - Italy (original title)
"Fist in His Pocket" - USA
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Runtime:
105 min
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1.75 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1978) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18
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The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. It was loved by young critics, loathed with equal passion by the Catholic establishment and earned huffy put-downs from Luis Buñuel and Michelangelo Antonioni, two heroes of director Marco Bellocchio.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Alessandro:I'm a volcano of ideas.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Splendor (1989)See more »

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59 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece!, 21 November 2000
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

The first time I saw Fists in the Pocket, I was 7 or 8 years old and I thought the film was a horror movie because of its gruesome subject matter. It had freaked me a lot then. Today, after viewing it for the first time in its entirety, and though I don't think the film can be considered to be an all and out horror flick, I still think there's enough gruesome and eerie qualities to this drama to call it an authentic neo-horror film. A horror film with intelligence. Unlike Hitchcock (no, I'm not saying his films aren't intelligent) or the plethora of other less subtle horror films, where the horror or terror is mostly obvious and played for thrills to manipulate an audience, in Fists the disturbing aspects aren't played out for thrills. They're there to show the sad situation in which the characters exist. Because of this, the film has a true morbid atmosphere, quasi-Gothic in nature, that permeates it from beginning to end. The characters inability to see the horrifying things they do or think (for most part of the narrative) makes this film absolutely unique in film history. It's a vivid "intimate" portrait of a dysfunctional family that's almost a cerebral horror film.

Simply put, it's brilliant!

The actors are all excellent but Lou Castel's performance as the frustrated, crazed, death obsessed brother is mesmerizing. You can't take your eyes off him. And even though it was made in 1965, the film feels contemporary, mainly because of its refusal to amplify and exploit it shocking aspects or the characters' foibles to heights of schlock or melodrama. Plus, the fluid direction gives this morbid drama (which could have easily been heavy and static) a deceptively "normal" quality which works perfectly and adds even more to all of the characters' sad state of mind. The film is equally claustrophobic and expansive; claustrophobic with the (very) tight interiors and the family drama that (like one of the characters of the film wants to do) makes you want to break free and escape at all cost; and expansive because of the Italian countryside that surrounds these doomed characters. The scenery, natural and man-made, is a character of its own, seemingly symbolizing the characters precipitous existence but also overwhelmingly vast, stark and crushing, dwarfing the already tightly-knit family down to minuscule size, which then heightens their already claustrophobic existence that much more. Ennio Morricone's score is characteristically moody & chilling and complements the film perfectly.

Fists in the Pocket is a very earthy, grounded, morbid & blunt portrait of a doomed family! A must-see for those who love "pure" cinema.

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