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Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)

Sacco e Vanzetti (original title)
The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosanna Fratello ...
Geoffrey Keen ...
Judge Webster Thayer
Fred Moore
William Thompson
Claude Mann ...
Edward Jewesbury
Armenia Balducci ...
Valentino Orfeo
Pier Giovanni Anchisi ...
Membro Comitato Difesa
Desmond Perry
John Harvey
Felicity Mason


In 1920, the anarchist Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco (Riccardo Cucciolla) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (Gian Maria Volonté) are sentenced to death, falsely accused of a robbery and murder. Indeed they are condemned due to their political beliefs, in one of the most shameful and hypocrite judgments of the human history. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

16 March 1971 (Italy)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Giuliano Montaldo in a recent interview declared that the first shot of the Gian Maria Volontè monologue was cut, even if perfect, because one of the smaller players started crying due to the convincing performance. See more »


Version of De zaak Sacco en Vanzetti (1966) See more »


Speranze Di Liberta
Oboe performed by Gastone Chiarini
Written and composed by Ennio Morricone
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One of the greatest films on one of the vilest affairs
7 September 2007 | by (La Rivière, France) – See all my reviews

My comment could not possibly add anything to the ones already available. I just want to say that the latest scandal in this story is that the film has not been made available on DVD ! Is there a conspiracy still going on to prevent such films from being watched by new generations ? I am exasperated to see that thousands of trash films are published on DVD every month while such masterpieces are still ignored. Sacco e Vanzetti reaches far beyond the subject of the two anarchists ignominiously put to death in a misconducted trial. The ghosts of the two men are still behind every prejudiced account by the media, every lie by politicians all over the world. It calls for better institutions, better democracy all over the world. The fact that so many film buffs bothered to express their admiration for this outstanding movie should entice a publisher to make this film at last available. I have kept checking for years, but nothing so far.

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