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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.

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Pedro the Anarchist Prisoner
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The Prison Camp Commandant
Elena Fiore ...
Concettina, a Sister
Piero Di Iorio ...
Francesco - Pasqualino's comrade
Enzo Vitale ...
Don Raffaele
Roberto Herlitzka ...
Socialist
Lucio Amelio ...
Lawyer
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
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The Prison Camp Commandant's Secretary
Emilio Salvatore
Aristide Caporale ...
Madman (as Aristide Caporali)
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Storyline

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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...that's what they call him.

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21 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$1,536 (USA) (14 April 2017)

Gross:

$11,962 (USA) (9 June 2017)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

With this film, Lina Wertmüller became the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. The only other women to be so nominated are Jane Campion for The Piano (1993), Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003) and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008), who is the only one of the four to have won the award. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Fifth Element (1997) See more »

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One for the ages.
22 July 2003 | by See all my reviews



I would challenge any serious film lover to view this movie and not have a very strong opinion of it. My own opinion is that it's one of the best films ever made, period. The story is harrowing, the score is so haunting you'll never forget it, and you'll think about scenes from it years later. Once you viewed it, most other domestic stuff won't even make it into the ballpark with it, much less compare with it. It's a masterpiece, plain and simple. This is real film making.


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