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Mafioso (1962)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 4 March 1965 (Hungary)
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When a good-natured factory supervisor living in Milan with his Northern wife returns to his native Sicily, a decades' old oath forces him to fulfill a nightmarish obligation.

Director:

Alberto Lattuada

Writers:

Rafael Azcona (as Raphael Atzcona), Bruno Caruso (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alberto Sordi ... Antonio Badalamenti
Norma Bengell ... Marta
Gabriella Conti Gabriella Conti ... Rosalia
Ugo Attanasio Ugo Attanasio ... Don Vincenzo
Cinzia Bruno Cinzia Bruno ... Donatella
Katiuscia Katiuscia ... Patrizia (as Katiusca Piretti)
Armando Tine Armando Tine ... Dr. Zanchi
Lilly Bistrattin Lilly Bistrattin ... Dr. Zanchi's Secretary
Michèle Bailly Michèle Bailly ... Young Baroness
Francesco Lo Briglio Francesco Lo Briglio ... Don Calogero
Carmelo Oliviero Carmelo Oliviero ... Don Liborio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefano Benigno Stefano Benigno
Paolo Cuccia Paolo Cuccia
Hugh Hurd Hugh Hurd
Vincenzo Norvese Vincenzo Norvese
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Storyline

Antonio is a jolly and precise guy working for an auto factory in northern Italy. He decides to take his wife and two daughters on vacation to Sicily, so that they can finally see his hometown and meet his family. He's excited to show them around and dispel many of their negative stereotypes about Sicilians. He even dispels stereotypes about the mafia, saying that being a mafioso as a teen amounted to just being a messenger boy. But as Antonio reconnects with his past in Sicily, he finds out that there are more sides to being a Sicilian than he remembers. Written by krasnoludek

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This is the face of a MAFIOSO...sometimes smiling, sometimes savage. Here is the story of a man who returns to his native Sicily for a holiday and finds himself again bound to the silent laws of "The Honored Society."

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | French | German

Release Date:

4 March 1965 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,965, 21 January 2007

Gross USA:

$400,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$400,019
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The planned bridge across the Strait of Messina that Nino talks about on the ferry never materialized. The Romans talked about building one made of boats and barrels but never did. Charlemagne talked about it but never did. The Normans talked about it but never did. Proposals for a bridge or a tunnel to span the strait were made several times in the 18th and 19th centuries, but were never implemented. In 1953, nine years before this movie was made, the plan that Nino refers to was a bridge that would have been the longest suspension bridge in the world. The project was finally cancelled in 2006, only to be revived in 2009 and cancelled again in 2013. See more »

Quotes

Marta: [seeing a dead person in a bed surrounded by people eating] Look!
Antonio Badalamenti: It's nothing. A man died. It's an old custom. His friends are throwing a party for him.
Antonio Badalamenti: [to one of the mourners with a plate of food] Cumbari. How'd he die?
Man at wake: [matter-of-factly] Two bullets.
Antonio Badalamenti: [with urgency to the driver] Right. Let's go!
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Excellent! Thanks to Criterion for finding this gem!
10 July 2011 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Excellent, underseen comedy/drama by Alberto Lattuada, best known for co-directing Variety Lights with Federico Fellini. In a Fellini biography I once read Lattuada was quoted as bitterly claiming that he invented Fellini, that Fellini had basically participated in the making of Variety Lights but it was Lattuada's film. Lattuada was just trying to be nice, to help the kid start off his career, and Fellini pretty much stole the style for his subsequent films. Judging by this film, made 12 years afterward, Lattuada had apparently moved on, because this isn't much like Fellini's style (though one could imagine Fellini making a similarly plotted film). However, it is an excellently directed film, one that makes me wonder how many other gems might be hiding in Lattuada's filmography. It stars Alberto Sordi, whom you'll recognize from two early Fellini films, The White Sheik and I Vitelloni. He plays a Sicilian who is now a successful man in Milan. He's married with two young daughters, but he hasn't been home to visit the family since he left. This is the story of his twelve day vacation visiting home, bringing along his family. To his wife (Norma Bengell, a Brazilian actress), Sicily seems an extremely backward country. The whole culture is strange and very different from mainland Italy, and there seem to be hints of criminal activity between every line. She's not wrong. Sordi was never exactly in the mafia when he lived in Sicily, but he was more than a little connected, and now some of the high ranking criminals are thinking his status as unknown outsider might be useful to them. The film is very funny, but it also goes to some dark places. One thing's for sure: I don't think he or his family will want to visit the family again anytime soon.


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