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Seven Beauties (1975)

Pasqualino Settebellezze (original title)
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.


Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pasqualino Frafuso aka Settebellezze
Pedro the Anarchist Prisoner
The Prison Camp Commandant
Elena Fiore ...
Concettina, a Sister
Piero Di Iorio ...
Francesco - Pasqualino's comrade
Enzo Vitale ...
Don Raffaele
Roberto Herlitzka ...
Lucio Amelio ...
Ermelinda De Felice ...
Pasqualino's Mother
Bianca D'Origlia ...
The Psychiatrist
Francesca Marciano ...
Carolina (as Francesca Marciani)
Mario Conti ...
Totonno '18 Carati' - Concettina's pimp
Barbara Valmorin ...
The Prison Camp Commandant's Secretary
Emilio Salvatori
Aristide Caporale ...
Madman (as Aristide Caporali)


Pasqualino, an Italian everyman, deserts the army during World War II. Germans capture him and send him to a prison camp, where he does just about anything to survive. In lengthy flashbacks, we see him and his family of seven unattractive sisters (the seven beauties), his accidental murder of one sister's lover, his confession and imprisonment, his calculated switch to an asylum, his rape of a patient, and his volunteering to be a soldier to escape confinement. To the chagrin of his obese German captor, his weak and cowardly character enables him to survive the war and return to Naples where he has a plan to survive the next world catastrophe. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 January 1976 (USA)  »

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1.66 : 1
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The ratio of film shot to film actually used in the final cut was 50 to 1. See more »


Pasqualino Frafuso: You'll never take Pasqualino Seven-Beauties! Never will you be able to take him alive!
Policeman: [seizing him] Stop bragging.
Pasqualino Frafuso: So I'm wrong.
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One of the ten best movies of all time.
27 March 2000 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

I wish you could put this movie under the English title of Seven Beauties so it would be more accessible to people. This is one of the best movies ever made and more people should see it. I was in a state of awe from beginning to end. How could someone make a movie like this? It is hard for Americans to understand this kind of existence because we never have had to experience anything like it. Lina Wertmuller has made a movie about the human condition that our ancestors fought to protect us from having to face. If you want light-hearted entertainment, stay away, but if you want to see just what it took to live through the horror of war, you must see this movie.

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