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The Path of Hope (1950)

Il cammino della speranza (original title)
The story of a group of Sicilian miners and their families decide to illegally cross the border to France and their hardships.


Pietro Germi


Nino Di Maria (novel), Federico Fellini (story) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Raf Vallone ... Saro Cammarata
Elena Varzi Elena Varzi ... Barbara Spadaro
Saro Urzì ... Ciccio Ingaggiatore
Franco Navarra Franco Navarra ... Vanni
Liliana Lattanzi Liliana Lattanzi ... Rosa
Mirella Ciotti Mirella Ciotti ... Lorenza
Saro Arcidiacono Saro Arcidiacono ... Carmelo Musco
Francesco Tomalillo Francesco Tomalillo ... Misciu (as Francesco Tomolillo)
Paolo Reale Paolo Reale ... Brasi
Giuseppe Priolo Giuseppe Priolo ... Luca
Renato Terra ... Mommino
Carmela Trovato Carmela Trovato ... Cirmena
Angelo Grasso Angelo Grasso ... Antonio
Assunta Radico Assunta Radico ... Beatificata
Francesca Russella Francesca Russella ... Grandmother


Women wait anxiously at a minehead in Capodarso, Sicily. Their men are underground. The mine is closing and the miners refuse to come up unless the owner relents. After three days, they give up in despair... In a bar in town, Ciccio is recruiting workers for jobs in France. He can get people over the border - for L20,000 a head. Enough people to fill a bus sell their belongings to pay the fee, including Saro and his 3 young children, and Barbara and her man Vanni, in trouble with the law and desperate to flee Italy. After reaching Naples by train, Ciccio tries to slip away but is grabbed by Vanni. Vanni tells Barbara where to meet at the border if anything should go wrong. In Rome, Ciccio points out Vanni to the police. In the shoot-out, both Vanni and Ciccio escape. The others are arrested. They are ordered by the police to return to Sicily or be charged with "illegal expatriation". With Saro as leader, and nearly out of money, they head north instead. Hardship draws Saro and Barbara... Written by David Carless

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She Had One Road to Take...One Choice to Make! See more »


Adventure | Drama


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Italian censorship visa #8697 dated 11 October1950. See more »


Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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The italian ´The Graps of Wrath´
9 October 2020 | by xandemogiSee all my reviews

In my opinion, this movie is an Italian version of the John Ford ´The Grapes of Wrath´ (1940) because it has similar characteristics, where a group of people are forced to abandon their land and seek a better life in an unknown place, going through innumerable difficulties in their long journey, in a time of economic depression. Raf Vallone even looks like Henry Fonda as the central person of the group Fantastic movie.

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Release Date:

22 November 1950 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Lux Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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