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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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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 role of Alessandro was initially offered to Itlian pop singer Gianni Morandi, later declining at the advice of his father and manager.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: During the final scene when Alesandro is having an attack, you can see the camera shadow several times; for instance on the bed.See more »
Quotes:
Alessandro:I'm a volcano of ideas.See more »
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Referenced in Quo Vadis, Baby? (2005)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
fists in the eye of the cinema, 7 May 2008
Author: Daryl Chin (lqualls-dchin) from Brooklyn, New York

When this film first appeared in the 1960s, the effect was so startlingly individual: there had never been a film as bold, as seemingly unhinged, yet as ruthlessly controlled, as this first feature by Marco Bellocchio. The wonderfully atmospheric black-and-white cinematography seemed to be developed from some dingy dream which dared to bring out into the open the most heinous family secrets, yet the utterly dispassionate fury which animated the most frenzied sequences was so freakish it was almost funny. This constant tension somehow allowed for a sneaky kind of compassion to enter the movie, so that the family dynamics, though extreme, seemed to come out of a common nightmare. FISTS IN THE POCKET remains an embattled cry for a new society, by focusing on the remnants of the diseased upper classes, yet this tale of sound and fury seems to have been made in the kind of frenzied reverie that is analogous to the stream-of-conscious jumble which William Faulkner used at the beginning of THE SOUND AND THE FURY, and to the same effect, i.e., to chart a family's disintegration as a mirror to the decaying grandeur of a dying society.

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