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Release Date:
30 May 1980 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Pasolini's artistic, sometimes violent, always vividly cinematic retelling of some of Chaucer's most erotic tales. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
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User Reviews:
The weakest link. See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Griffith ... Sir January
Laura Betti ... The Wife from Bath

Ninetto Davoli ... Perkin

Franco Citti ... The Devil
Josephine Chaplin ... May
Alan Webb ... Old Man

Pier Paolo Pasolini ... Geoffrey Chaucer
J.P. Van Dyne ... The Cook

Vernon Dobtcheff ... The Franklin
Adrian Street ... Fighter
O.T. ... Chief Witch-Hunter (as OT)
Derek Deadman ... The Pardoner (as Derek Deadmin)

Nicholas Smith ... Friar
George Bethell Datch ... Host of the Tabard (as George B. Datch)
Dan Thomas ... Nicholas
Michael Balfour ... John the carpenter

Jenny Runacre ... Alison
Peter Cain ... Absalom
Daniele Buckler ... Witch Hunter (as Daniel Buckler)
John Francis Lane ... Greedy friar
Settimo Castagna ... Angel (as Settimio Castagna)
Athol Coats ... Rich homosexual
Judy Stewart-Murray ... Alice

Tom Baker ... Jenkin
Oscar Fochetti ... Damian
Willoughby Goddard ... Placebo
Peter Stephens ... Justinus
Giuseppe Arrigio ... Pluto (as Giuseppe Arrigo)
Elisabetta Genovese ... Prosperine
Gordon King ... Chancellor
Patrick Duffett ... Alan
Eamann Howell ... John
Tiziano Longo ... Simkin the miller (as Albert King)
Eileen King ... Simkin's wife
Heather Johnson ... Molly

Robin Askwith ... Rufus (as Robin Asquith)
Martin Whelar ... Jack the Justice
John McLaren ... Johnny the Grace
Edward Monteith ... Dick the Sparrow
Kervin Breen
Franca Sciutto
Vittorio Fanfoni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard S. Brooks ... Businessman (uncredited)
Stephen Calcutt ... The Groom (uncredited)

Phil Davis ... 2nd homosexual lover (uncredited)
Charles De la Tour ... Inn-keeper (uncredited)
Francis De Wolff ... The Bride's father (uncredited)
Michael Derrek ... Robin (uncredited)
Andrew Dymock ... Bill (uncredited)
V. Edwards ... The Old Woman (uncredited)
Dorothy Everall ... Perkin's mother (uncredited)
Diana Fisher ... The Bride (uncredited)
Chris Greener ... Sir Elephant (uncredited)
David Hatton ... Poor homosexual (uncredited)
Judo Al Hayes ... Fighter (uncredited)
Terry Hooper ... L'allodoliere (uncredited)
Robert Brook Howard ... Vicar of the Monestary (uncredited)
Karl Howman ... 1st homosexual lover (uncredited)
Richard Hughes ... Administrator (uncredited)
Laurie Inch ... Mary (uncredited)
Charlotte Kell ... The Prioress (uncredited)
Pinky Martin ... The Nun (uncredited)
Alan McConnell ... Master Gervaso (uncredited)
Norman McGlen ... Perkin's father (uncredited)
Peter McGregor ... The Merchant (uncredited)
Hugh McKenzie-Bailey ... Thomas (uncredited)
Roderick McLeod ... Knight's Attendant (uncredited)
Anthony Moore ... The Spy (uncredited)
Ken Muggleston ... Doctor (uncredited)
Patrick Newell ... Prior (uncredited)
Ray Parks ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Martin Philips ... Martin (uncredited)
Selwyn Roberts ... The Knight (uncredited)
Anita Sanders ... Thomas' wife (uncredited)
Mary Stuart ... Priest (uncredited)
Reg Stuart ... 4th Husband (uncredited)
Steve Whitton ... Youth Without Name (uncredited)

Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini (screenplay)

Geoffrey Chaucer (book of short stories: The Canterbury Tales) (as G. Chaucer)

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone  (as Mº Ennio Morricone)
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Set Decoration by
Ken Muggleston 
 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
 
Makeup Department
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... key hair stylist
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... wig maker
Otello Sisi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ennio Onorati .... production manager
Alessandro von Norman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Umberto Angelucci .... assistant director
Sergio Citti .... assistant director
Peter Shepherd .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Carlo Agati .... assistant designer
 
Sound Department
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Luciano Muratori .... boom operator
Primiano Muratori .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Luciano Anzellotti .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mimmo Cattarinich .... still photographer
Maurizio Lucchini .... assistant camera
Claudio Sabatini .... assistant camera
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vanni Castellani .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist
Anita Cacciolati .... assistant editor
Ugo De Rossi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... music advisor (as Mº Ennio Morricone)
Pier Paolo Pasolini .... music supervisor (as P.P. Pasolini)
 
Other crew
Beatrice Banfi .... secretary
Adriano Magistretti .... English production coordinator
Anthony Moore .... production coordinator: UK
Ken Muggleston .... interior designer
Peter Shepherd .... assistant to director
Franca Tasso .... production secretary
Marco Bellocchio .... voice dubbing: John Francis Lane (uncredited)
Eduardo De Filippo .... voice dubbing: Alan Webb (uncredited)
Francesco Leonetti .... voice dubbing: George Bethell Datch (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I racconti di Canterbury" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:112 min | USA:109 min (cut) | Italy:112 min | West Germany:140 min (Berlin Film Festival) (premiere) | France:118 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating) (2004) | Finland:K-15 (cinema release) (1973) | France:18 | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (1988) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:R18 | New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) (2002) | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (2006) (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 | Russia:18+ | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (uncut) (2001) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:NC-17 (re-rating) (1991) | West Germany:18 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Remarkably, this is the only major cinematic take on Geoffrey Chaucer's classic tales.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Some of the women have tan-lines from bikinis.See more »
Quotes:
The Cook:Between a jest and a joke, many a truth can be told.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Circus (1928)See more »

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The weakest link., 26 August 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

It is the second part of Pasolini's "trilogy of life" and IMHO,the weakest :part of the reason can be found in the fact that it's merely more of the same ;after" Il decameron' the sensation of surprise has disappeared.Bawdiness,bawdiness and bawdiness,and a good dose of scatology.Besides,the stories,adapted from Chaucer are less interesting than in "IL decameron" ;the only good really good segment,as far the script is concerned ,is the one with the students and the miller's family:the mistaken identities are hilarious.But what remains is never really exciting.The scene in which a gay is literally "fried " is downright disturbing,coming from a director like Pasolini;the sequence is treated seriously ,almost without humor-unless the donuts seller counts-.

No one can argue the splendor of the cinematography;most of the times,it looks like pictures at an exhibition:the moist misty landscapes -particularly in the students' sequence- sharply contrasts with the mediterranean overcome by the heat ones in "il decameron";and the score,which includes old English traditionals is first-rate too.Ninetto Davoli,Pasolini's favorite actor,does his usual (almost silent) stint,in the grand tradition of Charlie Chaplin,which almost seems supernatural in this context;One should add that Josephine Chaplin is also part of the cast:some kind of double tribute.

The script is the Achille's heel of the movie."Il fiore della mille e una notte" will set the record straight and redeem Pasolini,for it's without a doubt the peak of the trilogy of life,with its numerous stories " à tiroirs".

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