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16 March 1971 (Italy) See more »
The Murders that shocked the Nation. The Trial that still shakes the World.
The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gian Maria Volontè ... Bartolomeo Vanzetti

Riccardo Cucciolla ... Nicola Sacco

Cyril Cusack ... Frederick Katzmann
Rosanna Fratello ... Rosa Sacco

Geoffrey Keen ... Judge Webster Thayer

Milo O'Shea ... Fred Moore

William Prince ... William Thompson
Claude Mann ... Journalist

Edward Jewesbury
Armenia Balducci ... Virginia
Valentino Orfeo
Pier Giovanni Anchisi ... Membro Comitato Difesa (as Piero Archisi)
Desmond Perry
John Harvey
Felicity Mason
Paul Sheriff
Maria Grazia Marescalchi

Marisa Fabbri ... Mary Splaine
Anthony Stergar

John Gray (as Jhon Gray)
Claudio Sora ... Joe Morelli
Sergio Serafini
Giorgio Dolfin
Giacomo Piperno ... Pelser
Giorgio Paoletti
Franco Odoardi
Raimondo Penne
Carlo Sabatini ... McCallum
Raffaele Triggia
Page Jones
Romano Moschini
Riccardo Ventura
Francesco Conversi
Luciano Palermo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francesco Anniballi ... Spettatore al processo (uncredited)
Bruno Bertocci ... Stenografo del tribunale (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Poliziotto in aula (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... (uncredited)

Sergio Fantoni ... Consul Giuseppe Andrower (uncredited)
Valentino Macchi ... Uomo in sala di processo (uncredited)
Branko Spoljar ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)

Directed by
Giuliano Montaldo 
Writing credits
Fabrizio Onofri (story) &
Giuliano Montaldo (story) &
Mino Roli (story)

Fabrizio Onofri (screenplay) &
Giuliano Montaldo (screenplay) &
Ottavio Jemma (screenplay)

Produced by
Arrigo Colombo .... producer
Giorgio Papi .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Silvano Ippoliti 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Production Design by
Aurelio Crugnola 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
Makeup Department
Ernesta Cesetti .... hair stylist
Lamberto Marini .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ennio Di Meo .... production supervisor
Piero Donati .... production manager
Franco Fumagalli .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lorenzo Magnolia .... assistant director
Vera Pescarolo .... second assistant director
Stefano Rolla .... assistant director
Art Department
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... assistant production designer
Luigi Quintili .... assistant production designer (as Gino Quintili)
Sound Department
Aldo De Martino .... sound (as Aldo De Martini)
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Pablo Mariano Picabea .... film recording (restored version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Renato Doria .... assistant camera
Mario Mazzoni .... still photographer
Enrico Sasso .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Andreina Casini .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
Joan Baez .... featured vocalist (uncredited)
Joan Baez .... music performer (uncredited)
Joan Baez .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Joan Baez .... singer (uncredited)
Cantori Moderni Di Alessandroni .... chorus (uncredited)
Other crew
Margherita Autuori .... publicist (as Margherita Rossetti)
Dino Di Dionisio .... production secretary
Enrico Lucherini .... publicist
Matteo Spinola .... publicist
Vittoria Vigorelli .... script supervisor
Alberto De Stefani .... accountant (uncredited)
Enzo Sisti .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sacco e Vanzetti" - Italy (original title)
"Sacco and Vanzetti" - UK, USA
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125 min
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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This co-production was the final film for the Italian production company Jolly Film.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in French Connection II (1975)See more »
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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
An exemplary example of didactic cinema, 19 October 1999
Author: Dave Godin (Dave G) from Sheffield, England

It is perhaps not without significance that Guiliano Montaldo worked as Assistant Director on Gillo Pontecorvo's brilliant KAPO, since there is a tangible link in terms of attitude, emotional power and political commitment between this film and Pontecorvo's other outstanding films.

Great films are, very often, a means of conveying ideas, and, as Pudovkin once said, film is the greatest teacher because it reaches us both through the head and the emotions. Maybe this is why politically correct authoritarians are always chiding us `not to be sentimental' since emotions are something these control freaks can't orchestrate!

Whatever one's views about the political sympathies of Sacco and Vanzetti, this film shows that they were victims of the hysterical climate of the times and place in which they found themselves, and their plight is represented with great humanism, empathy and power, helped in no small measure by the superb musical score of Ennio Morricone, which must rank as one of his very best. Montaldo's whole technique is thoroughly cinematic, and the acting and all technical credits are faultless.

One somewhat disturbing aspect of this film however, was when I saw it in the USA, Sacco in his final speech from the dock declared, `We stand here because we are anarchists', (it struck at the time because I never thought I'd live to see the day that such a piece of dialogue would be delivered in a film distributed by MGM!), but, in its only screening in the UK on BBC television, this line was changed to `We stand here because we are radicals'. Hmmm! Not quite the same thing. On two other occasions I have noticed `creative subtitling' on French speaking movies, so maybe we should start a campaign for accurate and faithful subtitles!

A brilliant film, in my all-time top 100, so when is anyone going to issue it on video?

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