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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.
The son of a powerful Mafia don comes home from his army service in Vietnam and wants to lead his own life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Artifact of its time before the themes became cliched See more (12 total) »


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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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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When this film came out, it did not do very well at the box office. As a result, studios were reluctant to do more organized crime stories. The failure of this film almost convinced Paramount not to make The Godfather (1972).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Once Upon a Body (1969)See more »


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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Artifact of its time before the themes became cliched, 29 September 2002
Author: Cliff Sloane ( from Seattle, WA

I found it fascinating that ethnicity was seen here as an obstacle to progress. Four years later, after ROOTS and GODFATHER, the tone had changed drastically. Seeing this in 2002, I was struck by how carefully the feeling of an ethnic enclave was portrayed. The story goes over many of the themes that are now cliches, but were not at all in 1968.

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