6.9/10
601
7 user 17 critic

The Law (1959)

La legge (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 11 November 1960 (USA)
Trailer
3:01 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Illicit passions pervade an Italian town, where men gather nightly for the cynical "game of the law."

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Roger Vailland (novel), Jules Dassin | 1 more credit »
Reviews
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Phaedra (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The powerful Greek ship-owner and constructor Thanos proposes to marry Phaedra during the baptism of a ship with her name. Phaedra, who is the daughter of Thanos' greatest competitor, is a ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Anthony Perkins, Raf Vallone
The Rehearsal (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A recreation of how the Greek military junta that started in 1967 tragically affected university students.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Mikis Theodorakis, Rénos Mandis
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Richard Conte, Valentina Cortese, Lee J. Cobb
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Greece, in the 1920's, is occupied by the Turks. The country is in turmoil with entire villages uprooted. The site of the movie is a Greek village that conducts a passion play each year. ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Grégoire Aslan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Younger generation vs. "older" folks on vacation at an Italian villa.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An American scholar in Greece sets about improving the prostitute with whom he is infatuated.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Restless married couple Maria and Paul take a road trip through Spain with their friend Claire. While Paul and Claire carry on a clandestine affair, Maria becomes obsessed with a recent ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Romy Schneider, Peter Finch
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A small-time grifter and nightclub tout takes advantage of some fortuitous circumstances and tries to become a big-time player as a wrestling promoter.

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Melina Mercouri plays an actress who is attempting a comeback with a staging of the Greek tragedy "Medea" (about a woman who kills her children) in her native Greece. As a publicity stunt, ... See full summary »

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Ellen Burstyn, Andréas Voutsinas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The incognito visit of a fascist hierarc in a tiny country town shakes deeply the ruling class and their lack of integrity.

Director: Luigi Zampa
Stars: Nino Manfredi, Gino Cervi, Michèle Mercier
Woman of Rome (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the fascist era, Adriana a beautiful young model, becomes a prostitute after a love affair gone wrong. She meets Mino, a partisan who falls in love with her and wants to redeem her.

Director: Luigi Zampa
Stars: Gina Lollobrigida, Daniel Gélin, Franco Fabrizi
Certificate: GP Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Soviet silent-film actress (Melina Mercouri) raises her illegitimate son, who becomes the writer Romain Gary (Assaf Dayan).

Director: Jules Dassin
Stars: Melina Mercouri, Assi Dayan, Didier Haudepin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Marietta
Pierre Brasseur ... Don Cesare
Marcello Mastroianni ... Enrico Tosso - l'agronomo
Melina Mercouri ... Donna Lucrezia
Yves Montand ... Matteo Brigante
Raf Mattioli Raf Mattioli ... Francesco Brigante
Vittorio Caprioli ... Attilio - il commissario
Lidia Alfonsi Lidia Alfonsi ... Giuseppina
Gianrico Tedeschi Gianrico Tedeschi ... Primo disoccupato
Nino Vingelli ... Pizzaccio
Bruno Carotenuto Bruno Carotenuto ... Balbo
Luisa Rivelli ... Elvira
Anna Maria Bottini Anna Maria Bottini ... Maria
Anna Arena Anna Arena ... Anna - la moglie d'Attilio
Edda Soligo Edda Soligo ... Giulia
Edit

Storyline

Marietta, servant of aristocrat Don Cesare, is the bellezza of an Italian town where men gather nightly in the tavern for the 'game of the Law,' selecting one by lot to boss and humiliate the others. Illicit passions abound: the judge's wife pursues Francesco, son of crime boss Matteo, who is after Marietta (so is her brother-in-law); Marietta wants engineer Enrico for a husband, but he claims he's too poor to marry. So she decides to steal herself a dowry! All this may lead to an explosion...and some changes in who dictates 'the law.' Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

One of the most distinguished casts ever assembled...one of the most provocative dramas of our time! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Carpino, Foggia, Apulia, Italy See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 450,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,100, 20 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,351, 29 August 2010
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Won the Best Film prize from the National Arts Foundation of Argentina in March of 1959. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in There's Something About Mary (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade In Bari
Written by Roman Vlad
Performed by Caravelli (as Claude Vasori) Et Son Orchestre
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Feudal Society
3 July 2008 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

The director Jules Dassin was able to draw well the reality of a small village in Southern Italy, where the existing rules were applied with a double standard. The priest was very much concerned with the attitude of Marietta (Gina Lollobrigida), but not with other situations affecting the town. The game called "la legge" (the law) was not an entertainment instead it was a weapon of intimidation. It appears to be as the behavior of strong animals showing their powers over weak ones. This is an old film, which could be useful to be shown in Italy again. Dassin was able to show various details and characters of the life in the village: the patriarch (Pierre Brasseur), the "pidgeon" (Yves Montand), the man of well-doing (Mastroianni), plus the lady of the family or la Donna(Melina Mercouri) and Marietta, likely to be a kind of spoiled Cinderella. All these ingredients put coherently in an interesting plot made the film attractive to be seen and not only once.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch



Recently Viewed