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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
Spiros Focás Spiros Focás ... 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:

All the ugly passions...and the beautiful...All the greatness that has won this motion picture Twenty-Seven World-Wide Film Awards! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Titanus,Les Films Marceau See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Rosaria Parondi: We finally moved into the new apartment. Everyone knows us because Simone won that fight, now they all treat me with respect.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in V.I.P.: Raging Val (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Tintarella di luna
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WOW! Terrific Epic Scale Family Drama, Visconti's Best!
7 September 2000 | by antonio-21See all my reviews

Now I understand why Visconti regards this classic as his personal favorite!!

Overwhelmingly Terrific! The acting, design, music, cinematography, and especially direction are superb.

This epic, grand, personal, and highly dramatic tale of five brothers and their mother who move from Southern Italy to Milan to change their station in life is filled with wonderful vignettes and powerful set pieces.

The fight between two of the brothers in the slums of the city is one of the most harrowing and touching scenes ever in cinema history. This is the kind of fight which actually means something. When they hit each other you feel it down to the core of your being, not just watching mindless brutality like you would in some brainless movie.

The cast is uniformly good with standouts from Katina Paxinou as the long suffering mother, Annie Girardot as the doomed prostitute who is the catalyst of the story, and especially Alain Delon who is blessed with a cinematic beauty which adds poetry to everyone of his close-ups. The one actor who really surprised me was Renato Salvatori as the violent brother Simone. His gradual and completely believable change from sweet young man to violent brute is incredible to watch.

This film satisfies every true movie lovers dream. To visit a place you don't know, with characters who fascinate you, and are framed in a true CINEMATIC style, that succeeds on every level.

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!! I will add my voice to those who cry out for the DVD release of this true classic.


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