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The Seduction of Mimi (1972)
"Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore" (original title)

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In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo "Mimí" Mardocheo votes in the Communist Party candidate instead of in the Mafia's one believing that the suffrage is secret. After the elections, he loses... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carmelo Mardocheo detto Mimí
Fiorella Meneghini
Turi Ferro ...
Don Calogero / Vico Tricarico / Salvatore Tricarico
Agostina Belli ...
Rosalia Capuzzo in Mardocheo
Luigi Diberti ...
Elena Fiore ...
Amalia Finocchiaro
Tuccio Musumeci ...
Ignazio Pappalardo ...
Massaro 'Ntoni
Gianfranco Barra ...
Serg. Amilcare Finnocchiaro
Livia Giampalmo ...
Violetta, bancarelaia
Rosaria Rapisarda
Umberto Lentini
Salvatore Savasta
Ottorino Russo
Giovanni Cori


In Sicily, the mine worker Carmelo "Mimí" Mardocheo votes in the Communist Party candidate instead of in the Mafia's one believing that the suffrage is secret. After the elections, he loses his job and cannot find any other job in his village that is controlled by the mobster Don Calogero. He leaves his wife Rosalia with his family and travels to Turin expecting to find a job. He finds an illegal position in the civil construction that is also explored by the Mafia and when a coworker dies in an accident, he finds that the mobsters have dumped his body on the road. However, he does not report the crime to the police and lies to the mobster Salvatore Tricarico telling that he belongs to the family of a powerful mobster. Mimi gets a metallurgic position and joins the Communist Party. Then he fall in love with the virgin Trotskyite street vendor Fiorella Meneghini and they have a boy. When Mimi witness the mobster Vico Tricarico executing several men in a hotel, he survives but he does ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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He's been a husband, a lover, a cuckold and a Communist. Now he just wants to be free.




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19 February 1972 (Italy)  »

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Remade as Which Way Is Up? (1977) See more »


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Good film, but not Wertmueller's best
27 July 1999 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

As always, Giannini and Melato are the shining stellas in yet another of the Wertmueller's movies. The two of them alone make this film worth seeing (though this time it's more Giannini since Melato's role is not as demanding as in some later films). However, compared to some other realizations by the same director-two-actors trio, this film does not strike as equally capturing and consistent in its message. Heavily leaning against social issues (remember "Swept Away"?), but bringing to the front the romance/fidelity/honor plot, it apparently fails to round up either of them. Not even the diversion into the familiar Italian-honor humor towards the end of the film is able to pull out the hanging feeling. Those who love the genre will still not regret spending their time with this movie.

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