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The Most Beautiful Wife (1970)
"La moglie più bella" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  12 March 1970 (Italy)
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Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who's his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alessio Orano ...
Vito Juvara
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Tano Cimarosa ...
Gaetano Cimarosa (as Gaetano Cimarosa)
Joe Sentieri ...
Poidomani
Enzo Andronico ...
Avvocato
Amerigo Tot ...
Antonino Stella
Pierluigi Aprà ...
Tenente dei carabinieri (as Pier Luigi Apra)
Salvatore Baccaro ...
(as Salvatore Vaccaro)
Sandro Arlotta
Diego Morreale
Mariella Palmich
Giuseppe Lauricella
Jocelyne Munchenbach ...
(as Joceline Münchenbach)
Fortunato Arena
Prassede Nogara
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Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who's his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and poor woman. Vito's eye settles on Francesca, only 15, but lovely and self-possessed. Among her virtues are high self worth and forthright speech, so although she falls in love with Vito, she won't bow down to him. Believing he's losing face, he has his boys kidnap her and he rapes her. Then, he tells her he'll still marry her. Instead, she files charges. Her parents, brother, and neighbors refuse to support her. Will she break? Will Vito continue his assaults? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The late '70s French-dubbed release version of this film has over 10 minutes of added hardcore sex scenes, mainly appearing at the beginning of the film, featuring anonymous performers, yet its overall running time is 20 minutes shorter than the original Italian film. See more »

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La moglie piu' bella
10 August 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Most other comments are right on the spot.

Excellent movie, good acting and marvellous music.

There are a few things i'd like to add. Sometimes, this film slows down a bit, but never long enough to It's not a genre movie at all, but if you would want to tag it, I'd give it a thriller label.

The main trouble with films like this is that it so hard to 'like' them. Not that this one is pure depressing, but you'll get to see a desperate world on the bottom of the mafia and the place where it has its roots. And it isn't like the godfather.

My final verdict is an 8 out of 10. There is nothing wrong with this movie, but it hasn't the 100% perfection for a higher score. Still, very gripping and plain good.


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