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The Brothers Rico (1957)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1957 (USA)
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A retired mob accountant is drawn back in when his brothers, who have recently made a hit for the organization, decide to go to the authorities.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Georges Simenon (story), Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Conte ... Eddie Rico
Dianne Foster ... Alice Rico
Kathryn Grant ... Norah Malaks Rico
Larry Gates ... Sid Kubik
James Darren ... Johnny Rico
Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Rico
Lamont Johnson Lamont Johnson ... Peter Malaks
Harry Bellaver ... Mike Lamotta
Paul Picerni ... Gino Rico
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Phil
Rudy Bond ... Charlie Gonzales
Richard Bakalyan ... Vic Tucci
William Phipps ... Joe Wesson
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Storyline

Eddie Rico has been the book-keeper of an important Mafia boss but now he is an honest merchant and lives with his family in Florida. Everything changes when the police starts to search for his brothers. Now Eddie sees himself forced to get in touch with the Mafia again. Written by Volker Boehm

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Three hunted men and their desperate women...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hyänen der Straße See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In Sept. 1957, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Pickup Alley (1957) starring Victor Mature. (Pickup Alley (1957) was distributed under the title "Pickup Alley".) See more »

Quotes

Sid Kubik: A family should stick together.
[Referring to Eddie's mother]
Sid Kubik: Everything I got, what I am, I owe to her... because of what she did for me. My name is Kubik, but in here I'm a Rico!
[He pointedly indicates his heart]
Sid Kubik: Especially when it comes to Mama... such a woman! I might as well say it right out... I worship her.
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Connections

Remade as The Family Rico (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Fall in Love
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (1933)
Sung and hummed by Richard Conte in bathroom while shaving
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gangster noir
7 September 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Richard Conte stars in "The Brothers Rico," a 1957 noir with James Darren, Larry Gates, Kathryn Grant, and Dianne Foster.

Conte is Eddie Rico, a former mob accountant, now in the laundry business in Florida and quite successful. The first few scenes are filled with sexual innuendo and show a loving, romantic couple who hope to adopt a baby soon. Then Eddie gets a call from his old boss, Kubik (Gates) who wants to see him on an urgent matter. Considering his boss as "Uncle Sid," he goes to New York against his wife's (Foster) wishes.

Eddie is approached by his brother Gino - he claims the mob wants him to go to St. Louis, and he's sure they plan to rub him out as he was part of a hit and the others who were involved are dead. Eddie advises him to go to St. Louis, that Sid wants him to lay low and would never hurt him. Kubik is grateful to their mother (Argentina Brunetti) who once stopped a bullet meant for him, so Eddie knows he will protect his brothers.

When Eddie meets with Kubik, he learns that his brother Johnny is married and no one has heard from him. However, his wife's (Grant) brother has been talking to the DA about a mob witness. Eddie assures Sid it can't be Johnny. Kubik wants Eddie to find his brother and talk to him. Eddie does, not realizing that they just want to find Eddie and kill him. He realizes his mistake too late.

This was a very good, edge of your seat noir, low on violence though suspenseful. It was on Empire's list of 500 greatest movies, so I wanted to check it out.

Richard Conte does a great job as Eddie, who trusts the wrong people. This was his kind of role, playing the tough son of an immigrant, mixed up with the wrong people, but with a good heart. James Darren, now 67, hasn't changed much except in recent years he's let his hair go gray.

One more point. Someone mentioned that the casting was ridiculous because there was a 26-year difference between Conte and Darren. Back in the '20s and '30s especially, women had children that died at birth or were stillborn - my grandmother had nine children and three lived. There is quiet a gap between the oldest and youngest in that family. That was not unusual.

Everyone is very good in this film, and as a point of interest, the woman playing Argentina Brunetti's mother was, in fact, her real-life mother. Recommended.


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