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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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1969 (Austria) See more »
Honor. Loyalty. Betrayal.
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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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Rated PG-13 for some violence (re-rating) (2001)
96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:M (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2001)

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Film debut of Barry Primus.See more »


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4 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
More mafia., 26 April 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

This Martin Ritt work,which is not among his best (Hombre,Hud,etc) ,features a prologue and an epilogue,which take place in Sicily(but a studio Sicily as the final cast and credits says);two short bits which frame an endless flashback which explains(?) why Vince (Cord) must(!) kill brother Kirk.This long hour features the de rigueur mafioso -the good(?) and the bad ones-,the obligatory wedding scene ,proud family chronicles ,etc etc etc:plus ça change..

It's too bad Ritt did not focus his story on Sicily ,a Sicily he should have filmed on location instead .The only good scenes are the final ones ,and Irene Papas could have added a Greek tragedy touch ,hadn't her part been so underwritten.

Some will find here roots of "the godfather" ,but I would go as far as saying that it questions the hitherto excellence of the Coppola movie.Its eternal triumph (with an obnoxious subject) leaves me with a bitter taste in the mouth.

As for Martin Ritt,there are plenty of estimable works to choose.Avoid this.

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