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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:

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

Gross USA:

$398,614
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

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

Don Liborio: [passing a street vendor] Now, a nice cap for the gentleman. What color do you want... black or checked?
Antonio Badalamenti: Black.
Don Liborio: Want to try it on?
[Nino looks at himself in a mirror.]
Don Liborio: Now you're really one of us.
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Grazie, Alberto
13 May 2007 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

I just had the opportunity to see this film in a newly restored print of the Italian original. The story concerns a manager of an auto plant (played to perfection by Italian screen idol,Alberto Sordi) in Milan who takes his family to Sicily to meet his family & his old friends, when he finds himself involved in the local Mafia Don & his ner do well cronies. The screenplay was written by it's director (Alberto Lattuada), Raphel Alzcona & Marco Ferreri (some years before he raised eyebrows with his films 'The Grand Bufet' & 'The Last Woman'). Although the films use of black & white was quite striking, I kind of wished it had been shot in Technicolor (for the panoramic shots of Sicily & it's beautiful coastline). An overlooked gem that's well worth seeking out, if it's being screened in a proper cinema,but it won't lose much on DVD either.


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