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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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  (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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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Chile:(Banned) (original rating) | 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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
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References The Wild One (1953)See more »


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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
One of the best Italian movies ever!, 2 July 2006
Author: stededalus from Italy

Marco Bellocchio directs his first full-length film, and it's already a masterpiece, a milestone in the history of Italian cinema.This movie is all about contemporary uneasiness and family crisis in today's society (only, some two decades in advance). Every time I hear of family massacres on the news, I've got to think about problematic, disturbed Lou Castel deciding to get rid of his mother and younger brother for the benefit of the eldest, embodying not only a stage of criminality, but above all a wrong philosophy, a twisted point of view about life, a failed maturity. Ennio Morricone' score is just perfect, fully successful in his aim to highlight the dramatic potential of the story. Lou Castel has never acted like this, his grimacing and his usage of the dead moments are unforgettable. The frames of the mother's death are like an howl, they "send shivers down your spine". A must-see.

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