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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.

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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 ... Capt. Eric Reinhardt
Harry Guardino ... Branco
Alex Nicol ... Svenko
Steve Forrest ... Sgt. 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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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

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Initially, Gina Lollobrigida was to star in the film as Jovanka. 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 Delighting in Contrasts (2005) See more »

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Stand up and be counted. War is full of mishaps.
23 June 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Just short of two hours is lengthy for 1960. This melodrama is set in Middle Europe during WW2 and does have its moments. Five young women are scorned and humiliated for consorting with Nazis. Now with shaved heads, they band together to prove their patriotism and set out to fight the Germans. The resistance fighters don't want their help; so they seem to be fighting both forces...plus themselves. Strange casting is very obvious; and this moody movie may be hard for some to get into. War buffs will watch. I watched because of the enticing Vera Miles. Beside Miss Miles the very diverse cast includes: Barbara Bel Geddes, Silvana Mangano, Van Heflin, Richard Basehart, Jeanne Moreau and Steve Forrest. War causes people to do regrettable things.


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