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Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Rocco e i suoi fratelli (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Sport | 26 June 1961 (USA)
Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Luchino Visconti (story), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story) | 7 more credits »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Rocco Parondi
Renato Salvatori ... Simone Parondi
Annie Girardot ... Nadia
Katina Paxinou ... Rosaria Parondi
Alessandra Panaro Alessandra Panaro ... Ciro's Fiancee
Spyros Fokas ... Vincenzo Parondi (as Spiros Focas)
Max Cartier Max Cartier ... Ciro Parondi
Corrado Pani ... Ivo
Rocco Vidolazzi Rocco Vidolazzi ... Luca Parondi
Claudia Mori ... Laundry Worker
Adriana Asti ... Laundry Worker
Enzo Fiermonte ... Boxer
Nino Castelnuovo ... Nino Rossi
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... Un biscazziere
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Alfredo, Ginetta's brother
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Storyline

The widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with her 4 sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but everyone manages to find something to do. Simone is boxing, Rocco works in a dry cleaners, and Ciro studies. Simone meets Nadia, a prostitute, and they have a stormy affair. Then Rocco, after finishing his military service, begins a relationship with her. A bitter feud ensues between the two brothers, which will lead as far as murder... Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Taglines:

DARING in its realism. STUNNING in its impact. BREATHTAKING in its scope. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocco and His Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Duomo, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Quotes

Nadia: Burly boys like you can get anything you like if you try hard enough.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 180 minutes in Italy. Local censorship forced director Visconti to cut a few sequences (including scenes from Nadia's rape); the film was subsequently shortened even more for foreign distribution. Director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno has prepared a restored full version, which has been re-released in 1991. See more »

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Referenced in Abad va yek rooz (2016) See more »

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Il Mare
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a true masterwork
31 March 2006 | by daflautaSee all my reviews

State-of-the-art directing, acting (Katina Paxinou, Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Renato Salvatore), photography, superb musical score. A film to bring any sensitive and open mind to tears near the end. The destruction of a family order, jealousy, betrayal between brothers and the saintliness of Rocco, always ready to forgive, thinking more about his family than himself. All this in black and white! I hope film directors will never give away this format. By the way, I would like to know whether the plaque in Rosaria's new apartment (when Rocco's back from the army) reads "Pafundi" instead of "Parondi" on purpose (why?) or was it a flaw? I also would like to know which language do some characters spoke on stage(I think it's french), namely Rocco and Ginetta. I am watching a Russian edition whose dubbing is disastrous. Thanks to the ease of DVD players I could choose the Italian soundtrack and disable subtitles...


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