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5 Branded Women (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 15 March 1960 (USA)
Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Ugo Pirro (novel), Ivo Perilli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Silvana Mangano ... Jovanka
Jeanne Moreau ... Ljuba
Vera Miles ... Daniza
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Marja
Carla Gravina ... Mira
Van Heflin ... Velko
Richard Basehart ... Captain Eric Reinhardt
Harry Guardino ... Branco
Alex Nicol ... Svenko
Steve Forrest ... Sargeant Paul Keller
Gérard Herter ... Col. von Elm
Romolo Valli ... Mirko
Sidney Clute ... Milan
Teresa Pellati Teresa Pellati ... Boja
Pietro Germi ... Partisan commander
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Storyline

Yugoslav partisans grimly crop the hair of a village quintet of women believed to have consorted with the occupational Nazis. Four, for various reasons, have indeed - and their seducer is a lone, swaggering sergeant whom the partisans briskly emasculate. Escorted out of town by the sheepish Nazis, the forlorn ladies link up, patriotically and romantically, with a band of tough mountain guerrillas. Written by alfiehitchie

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All The Savage Ravishing Passions of War! See more »

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 March 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Branded Women See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Silvana Mangano replaced Gina Lollobrigida. Officially it was because La Lollobrigida didn't want to shave her head but insiders felt she was anxious about the calibre of the other actresses involved. See more »

Goofs

When the 5 women are bathing near the waterfall the dark haired women is shown putting in her sweater with no underwear. A few seconds later she is shown from the back and the outline of her bra can be seen under her sweater. See more »

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Referenced in Prisoner: Cell Block H: Episode #1.4 (1979) See more »

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High-Level Exploitation Film
11 July 2008 | by Venus-25See all my reviews

I saw this film on television when I was about 11 or 12 and it made a deep impression on me. While I had little understanding of war and certainly no personal experience of it, it pointed out the danger of isolation in the midst of endless violence and the horror of rejection for what would in peacetime have been regarded as a youthful transgression.

The casting of Vera Miles and Barbara Bel Geddes among the European actresses was a clear ploy to make this film resonate with American audiences whom during this period were more accustomed to light, frivolous films. Films of a more serious and thoughtful nature were mostly coming from Europe. At the dawn of the 60s this was a shocking exploitation film, preying on women's feelings of vanity, Americans' collective puritanism about sex, and our waning jingoism. It would be interesting to see how audiences would react to it now.


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