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The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966)
"Uccellacci e uccellini" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  4 May 1966 (Italy)
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An old man and his son are walking along the road when they suddenly meet a speaking crow, which represents Marxist beliefs. They are soon moved back 750 years in time, changed into monks ... See full summary »

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Innocenti Totò / Brother Cicillo
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Innocenti Ninetto / Brother Ninetto (as Davoli Ninetto)
Femi Benussi ...
Luna
Umberto Bevilacqua ...
Incensurato
Renato Capogna ...
Scoundrels Leader
Flaminia Siciliano ...
Scoundrel
Pietro Davoli ...
Scoundrel
Rosina Moroni ...
Poor Cottage Owner
Lena Lin Solaro ...
Urganda
Gabriele Baldini ...
Dante's Dentist
Ricardo Redi ...
Mansion Owner
Rossana Di Rocco ...
Ninetto's Girlfriend
Alfredo Leggi
Renato Montalbano
Giovanni Tarallo ...
Starving Peasant
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An old man and his son are walking along the road when they suddenly meet a speaking crow, which represents Marxist beliefs. They are soon moved back 750 years in time, changed into monks and sent by St. Francis to convert the hawks and the sparrows to Christianity. Written by Yepok

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On 14th February 1988, actress Laura Betti introduced a reconstructed version of the film at the Berlin Film Festival. That version contained a short episode with Totò called "Toto al circo", which was not included in the original release. Although director Pier Paolo Pasolini had spoken about his work on it, this episode had never been shown to the public before. See more »

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The opening credits are performed as a song. See more »

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One delightful saturday afternoon spent with this movie at the portuguese Cinema Museum.
21 February 2004 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

One delightful saturday afternoon spent with this movie at the portuguese Cinema Museum. This picture can be identified as "another Pasolini movie" or as well as "another Toto movie", and both reasons are more than enough to make anyone curious to see it. Pasolini gives us a pleasant Toto comedie, filled with intelectual and political information, pretty well disguised as a fable about birds and priests. After this, I am convinced that a title with the name PASOLINI on it doesn't necessarily have to be a though, brutal, sexual, 3-hour-lengthed filmic exercise. It can be a simple weekend afternoon movie to watch with your parents or your kids. On the other hand, a simple comedy with one of its masters ("toto") doesnt necessarily have to be shallow and basic. This movie is worth a "jump like a sparrow" into a theatre, whenever you have a re-run around.


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