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The Brothers Rico (1957)

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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

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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 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...


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

William Goetz Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Mimi Aguglia. See more »

Quotes

Alice Rico: Darling, I'm not blaming you. You had no choice.
Eddie Rico: Oh, but I did have a choice twenty years ago. When Kubik offered me that job, I should have thrown it in is face. He showed me a plush-lined rat hole, and I crawled in it and made it my home!
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Version of Bratya Riko (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Fall in Love
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Written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler (1933)
Sung and hummed by Richard Conte in bathroom while shaving
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But Eddie you got even bigger troubles. You going to live.
12 July 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Brothers Rico is directed by Phil Karlson and adapted to screenplay by Lewis Meltzer, Ben Perry and Dalton Trumbo from a story written by Georges Simenon. It stars Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Crosby, Larry Gates and James Darren. Music is scored by George Duning and cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Retired from the mob and happy in his new found family life, Eddie Rico (Conte) is pulled back into the underworld when word comes that his two brothers, who are still working for the syndicate, are wanted men.

Coming at the end of the film noir cycle, The Brothers Rico sits somewhere in between noir and pure crime drama. Conte's character is a classic noir protagonist, a man who is unable to shake of his past and gets drawn into the dark underworld by family ties. Waiting there for him is a surprise, and not a good one at that. The script is very well written, which in Karlson's hands paints a sinister mob underworld operating right under the noses of everyday folk. There's much talking and very little action for most of the running time, but the dialogue is strong, always imbuing the narrative with a sense of menace, background characters are always a threat and violence implied looms over proceedings.

However, in spite of it being well written and acted with great skill by Conte, Gates and the support cast, it's a dull visual experience and crowned off by a ridiculous "aint life grand epilogue". Top cinematographer Burnett Guffey is wasted here, the film is very minimalist in production, with the film often feeling like an episode of some TV cop show. There's a brief glimpse in the last five minutes of what Guffey could do, but that's it. Conte's character provides the ticket to the noir universe, but ultimately this represents the changing of the guard, a winding down of true film noir. From a viewpoint of the film being a crime drama that provides an observation of a crime syndicate as a real presence, Karlson's movie scores a more than safe 7/10. As a film noir, though, it barely registers and noir fans should expect a flat 5/10 movie. Rounded out I make it 6/10.


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