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Writers:
Pier Paolo Pasolini (written by) and
Sergio Citti (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 January 1976 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
Banned in Australia for 17 years - Now for the first time Australian audiences have the opportunity to judge one of the most controversial films in the history of cinema. A work of rigorous moral intelligence or a descent into a nightmare of cruelty and lust? (1993) See more »
Plot:
Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to a hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Ridiculous and Anti-Intellectual See more (355 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Paolo Bonacelli ... The Duke
Giorgio Cataldi ... The Bishop
Umberto Paolo Quintavalle ... The Magistrate (as Umberto P. Quintavalle)
Aldo Valletti ... The President
Caterina Boratto ... Signora Castelli
Elsa De Giorgi ... Signora Maggi
Hélène Surgère ... Signora Vaccari (as Helene Surgere)
Sonia Saviange ... The Pianist
Sergio Fascetti ... Male Victim
Bruno Musso ... Male Victim
Antonio Orlando ... Male Victim
Claudio Cicchetti ... Male Victim
Franco Merli ... Male Victim
Umberto Chessari ... Male Victim
Lamberto Book ... Male Victim
Gaspare Di Jenno ... Male Victim
Giuliana Melis ... Female Victim
Faridah Malik ... Female Victim
Graziella Aniceto ... Female Victim
Renata Moar ... Female Victim
Dorit Henke ... Female Victim
Antiniska Nemour ... Female Victim (as Antinisca Nemour)
Benedetta Gaetani ... Female Victim
Olga Andreis ... Female Victim
Tatiana Mogilansky ... Daughter
Susanna Radaelli ... Daughter
Giuliana Orlandi ... Daughter
Liana Acquaviva ... Daughter
Rinaldo Missaglia ... Guard
Giuseppe Patruno ... Guard
Guido Galletti ... Guard
Efisio Etzi ... Guard
Claudio Troccoli ... Collaborator
Fabrizio Menichini ... Collaborator
Maurizio Valaguzza ... Collaborator
Ezio Manni ... Collaborator
Paola Pieracci ... Wife
Carla Terlizzi ... Wife
Anna Maria Dossena ... Wife
Anna Recchimuzzi ... Wife
Ines Pellegrini ... The Slave Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marco Lucantoni ... First Male Victim (uncredited)

Directed by
Pier Paolo Pasolini 
 
Writing credits
Pier Paolo Pasolini  written by and
Sergio Citti  screenplay collaborator

Pupi Avati  uncredited
Marquis de Sade  novel "Les 120 Journées de Sodome" (uncredited)

Produced by
Alberto Grimaldi .... producer
Alberto De Stefanis .... producer (uncredited)
Antonio Girasante .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli 
 
Film Editing by
Nino Baragli 
Tatiana Casini Morigi 
Enzo Ocone 
 
Production Design by
Dante Ferretti 
 
Set Decoration by
Osvaldo Desideri 
 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
 
Makeup Department
Giusy Bovino .... hair stylist (as Giusi Bovino)
Osvaldo Desideri .... makeup artist
Alfredo Tiberi .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Renzo David .... production supervisor
Alberto De Stefanis .... unit manager
Antonio Girasante .... production manager
Alessandro Mattei .... production supervisor
Angelo Zemella .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Umberto Angelucci .... first assistant director
Fiorella Infascelli .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Maria-Teresa Barbasso .... draughtswoman
Italo Tomassi .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Giorgio Loviscek .... sound
Domenico Pasquadibisceglie .... sound
Giuseppina Sagliano .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Alfredo Tiberi .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sandro Battaglia .... first assistant camera
Deborah Imogen Beer .... still photographer (as Deborah Beer)
Emilio Bestetti .... camera operator
Giancarlo Granatelli .... second assistant camera
Carlo Tafani .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vanni Castellani .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist (digitally restored version)
Ugo De Rossi .... assistant editor
Alfredo Menchini .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Arnaldo Graziosi .... musician: piano
 
Other crew
Beatrice Banfi .... script supervisor
Vittorio Cudia .... assistant secretary
Maurizio Forti .... administrator
Alberto Grimaldi .... presenter
Pietro Innocenti .... administrator
Nico Naldini .... publicist
Marco Bellocchio .... voice dubbing: Aldo Valletti (uncredited)
Laura Betti .... voice dubbing: Hélène Surgère (uncredited)
Giorgio Caproni .... voice dubbing: Giorgio Cataldi (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
116 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (2010) | Australia:(Banned) (1976-1993) (1998-2010) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 (2001) | Finland:(Banned) (1976) | France:16 | France:X (original rating) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (uncut) (2005) | Hungary:18 | Italy:(Banned) (original rating) | Italy:VM18 (re-rating after appeal) | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:D (cut) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) (2001) (uncut) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (2005) (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1976-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:Unrated | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:15 (uncut) | UK:X (original rating) (cut) (alternate footage) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2000) (uncut) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:(Banned) (cinema release) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut) (original rating)

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Trivia:
The original August 1998 Criterion Collection DVD was removed from the market due to copyright problems, allegedly concerning a dispute with Pasolini's estate. This version of the DVD with the "white ring" around the spindle hole was known to sell for $600 US dollars or more in good or new condition during the early 2000s. This makes it one of, if not the most, valuable DVD in the world. However, selling prices on eBay as of 2013 have greatly reduced, due to Criterion re-releasing the film in a new DVD and Blu-ray editions. Bootlegs are still common due to the original printing's value, and research should be done before purchasing.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the beginning of the film a 1948 Fiat 500 B can be seen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[four men, sitting at a table, each sign a booklet]
The Duke:Your Excellency.
The Magistrate:Mr. President.
The President:My lord.
The Bishop:All's good if it's excessive.
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Soundtrack:
Prelude in C minorSee more »

FAQ

Did anything in this movie happen in real life?
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103 out of 168 people found the following review useful.
Ridiculous and Anti-Intellectual, 28 March 2000
Author: Matthew Jordan from Houston, TX

Four fascists in WWII Italy abduct 16 youths and subject them to dehumanizing rape, humiliation and torture.

Many reviewers have commented that this movie is powerful and that everyone should see it because it gives you access to true feelings of disgust and guilt about man's inhumanity to man, especially during times of anarchistic, despotic, or fascist rule. If you need this movie to understand how terrible the crimes visited on people by the fascists, Nazi and otherwise, during WWII were, then Pasolini's only success is that he has demonstrated just how sick and desensitized our global society has become.

Stark brutality has its value as a tool for demonstrating the full force of certain horrible events. This tool was used effectively in other WWII films around the same subject, "Schindler's List" comes to mind. The problem with this film is that this tool has to be accompanied by real emotion and demonstration of the effect of that brutality. The only emotion (other than pure physical pain) demonstrated by the adolescents in this movie is during one scene where a young abductee cries at being reminded of the death of her mother. Aside from that, the victims walk through this movie like zombies as various disgusting acts are perpetrated upon them. There is no emotion, and frankly, the movie is an extremely boring series of repetitive acts of violence and humiliation that are reputedly designed to demonstrate the horror of unchecked power. The truth is, this is a dull expose on the acts of several bored, wealthy, powerful members of society who can no longer find stimulation in the banal trappings of every day life, just like the book it is based on.

The truth is, this movie has NOTHING to do with the horrors of fascism, it just happens that Pasolini chose a setting he knew well. There is no reason that this same exact movie could not be shot in a palace in the Middle East, a castle in Austria, a Villa in Latin America or a mansion in the USA and be just as realistic. It is nothing more than a dull comment on the depravity of the rich and bored.

Don't be drawn in by the mystery and the hushed tones that people use when they speak of this so-called "Masterpiece". And if you are a DVD owner, don't be fooled by the fact that Criterion wasted their time with this banal piece of Anti-Intellectual trash.

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