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The Brotherhood -- The son of a powerful Mafia don comes home from his army service in Vietnam and wants to lead his own life, but family tradition, intrigues and powerplays involving his older brother dictate otherwise, and he finds himself being slowly drawn back into that world.


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Release Date:
1969 (Austria) See more »
Honor. Loyalty. Betrayal.
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Keep Your Friends Close And Your Enemies Closer See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Kirk Douglas ... Frank Ginetta

Alex Cord ... Vince Ginetta

Irene Papas ... Ida Ginetta

Luther Adler ... Dominick Bertolo

Susan Strasberg ... Emma Ginetta

Murray Hamilton ... Jim Egan
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Don Peppino
Joe De Santis ... Pietro Rizzi (as Joe DeSantis)
Connie Scott ... Carmela Ginetta

Val Avery ... Jake Rotherman

Val Bisoglio ... Cheech
Alan Hewitt ... Sol Levin
Barry Primus ... Vido
Michele Cimarosa ... Toto
Louis Badolati ... Don Turridu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hal Holbrook ... Man at table (uncredited)

Anthony Marciona ... Antonio (uncredited)
Margot Stevenson ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
Writing credits
Lewis John Carlino (writer)

Produced by
Kirk Douglas .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Frank Bracht 
Boris Kaufman 
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
Art Direction by
Tambi Larsen 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Martin Bell .... makeup artist
Betty DeStefano .... hair stylist (as Betty De Stefano)
Production Management
David Golden .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Francesco Cinieri .... second unit director: Sicily
Giorgio Gentili .... assistant director: Sicily
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)
Art Department
Charles Bailey .... assistant art director
Giorgio Postiglione .... set dresser: Sicily
Antonio Sarzi-Braga .... art director: Sicily (as Toni Sarzi Braga)
Murray P. Stern .... scenic artist (as Murray Stern)
Sound Department
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Fortune .... gaffer
Amerigo Gengarelli .... camera operator: Sicilia
Robert Ward .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jim Hagerman .... wardrobe: men (as James Hagerman)
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe: women
Music Department
Henry Mancini .... composer: song "Moon River"
Ignazio Privitara .... composer: song "Tarantella Abballa Abballa"
Other crew
Lewis John Carlino .... technical supervisor
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Shari Leibowitz .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for some violence (re-rating) (2001)
96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | USA:M (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2001)

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Alex Cord didn't have to audition for his role as Vince Ginetta.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Godfather Legacy (2012) (TV)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Keep Your Friends Close And Your Enemies Closer, 19 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Brotherhood as a title has a double meaning. It's not just about that Italian fraternal order of criminals that so many films and books have been made and written about. It's about two brothers also, the Ginettas, Frank and Vince.

Kirk Douglas is Frank Ginetta a made man, high up in the councils and his younger brother Vince played by Alex Cord who's just back from the Army like Michael Corleone was. But Michael married an outsider while Vince Ginetta is marrying the daughter of another Mafia capo, Luther Adler.

Though he's younger than Adler, Douglas is a guy who likes to do things the old fashioned way, the way his dad who was a button man back in the day did them. He also loves hanging around with the ancient survivors of the old Mafia wars among them Eduardo Ciannelli. Adler and Douglas get to be at loggerheads over Cord and the role he should take in the business.

The old guys learn something and give Douglas a contract that's going to cause him considerable problems, personal and organizational. What's a good Mafia guy to do when you get a contract. Then Alex Cord is given a contract to make his bones so to speak.

The main difference between the Godfather films and this is that the Brotherhood is set in the present, whereas the Godfather films are rooted in the past. By 1968 organized crime at the highest levels was hardly an Italian only concern. You don't see hardly any non-Italians in the first Godfather film and in the second the alliance is pretty wary. The non-Italians dominate the high councils in New York, Val Avery, Alan Hewitt and Murray Hamilton together with Luther Adler outvote Douglas all the time.

Martin Ritt shot a whole lot of this film in New York and many of the sites are recognizable to a native New Yorker. Still it's not one of his better films and it took Francis Ford Coppola to do the modern gangster film right.

One thing though, Douglas certainly did NOT heed Vito Corleone's advice about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. Not that the higher ups wouldn't have found out at some point anyway, but when you watch The Brotherhood you'll know that Douglas was the obvious suspect when he makes that fateful hit.

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