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Mafioso (1962)

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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | French | German

Release Date:

4 March 1965 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Mafioso See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,965, 21 January 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$398,614, 29 July 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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: Your mother hasn't said a word to me since we arrived. She stares at me as if I was some kind of exotic animal.
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Connections

Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Sicily mafia stereotype comedy
5 January 2012 | by filmalamosaSee all my reviews

I don't see how you could categorize this film as other than a comedy for adults. That is what it is... tragedy as other reviewers suggest now that is funny...

The first part has fun at the expense of Sicilian stereotypes: peasant women with mustaches... toothless old men fighting with knives and food and more food.

The part in New York is even more hilarious with the mafioso speaking Italian with an American accent... All the stereotypes present and subtle humor every where.

This film is meticulous hangs together well. Best of Italian comedy.

A "dark" comedy for adults. Where did they run down all the Sicilian non actors?


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