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Damiano Damiani (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 March 1970 (Italy) See more »
Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alessio Orano ... Vito Juvara

Ornella Muti ... Francesca
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
Salvatore Moscardini
Gaetano Di Leo
Francesco Tranchina
Franco Marletta

Directed by
Damiano Damiani 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Damiano Damiani  screenplay
Damiano Damiani  story
Enrico Ribulsi 
Sofia Scandurra 

Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
Film Editing by
Antonio Siciliano 
Production Design by
Umberto Turco 
Sound Department
Franco Groppioni .... sound mixer
Corrado Volpicelli .... boom operator
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor

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Also Known As:
"La moglie più bella" - Italy (original title)
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108 min
Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The Great Damiani, 7 November 2008
Author: tuco73 from London

Starting from the surprisingly excellent "I am not scared" (strongly recommended), I started to become interested in Damiano Damani's movies and I was stunned to discover what a great and socially committed director he was! This movie surely ranks among his best. It deals with the condition of women in the regions of mafia, where mentality is so narrow and ignorant to become almost hilarious when not dramatic. The character played by the beautiful and very young Ornella Muti is a real marvel. In her village she is one of its kind: she is intelligent, sensible, has a strong temper, sense of justice and anti-conformist views. In other words she cannot easily merge in the social context she is growing in. The plot develops slowly and little by little one is sucked into the story thanks to a group of very good actors, a nice score by Morricone and mainly Damiani's masterful screenplay. The end is very touching, as the tears in the sensitive young girl represent the tragic but necessary result of a chain of events that it was impossible to stop. This movie, together with "L'istruttoria e' chiusa: dimentichi"; "Pizza Connection"; "Confessions of a Police Captain" and "Un uomo in ginocchio" should constantly pass through the Italian national TV schedules, as the lesson(s) is still far from being learnt.

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