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Hands Over the City (1963)

Le mani sulla città (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 7 November 1963 (France)
Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal.


Francesco Rosi


Francesco Rosi (idea), Raffaele La Capria (idea) | 4 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Rod Steiger ... Edoardo Nottola
Salvo Randone ... De Angelis
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Maglione
Marcello Cannavale Marcello Cannavale ... Amico di Nottola
Dante Di Pinto Dante Di Pinto ... Presidente della Commissione
Alberto Conocchia Alberto Conocchia ... Amico di Nottola
Carlo Fermariello Carlo Fermariello ... De Vita
Terenzio Cordova Terenzio Cordova ... Commissario
Gaetano Grimaldi Filioli Gaetano Grimaldi Filioli ... Amico di Nottola
Angelo D'Alessandro Angelo D'Alessandro ... Balsamo
Vincenzo Metafora Vincenzo Metafora ... Sindaco
Dany París Dany París ... Dany - Amante di Maglione (as Dany Paris)


Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal.

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Italian censorship visa # 41137 delivered on 10-9-1963. See more »

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Western Electric is misspelled ('Elettric'). See more »


Referenced in It's a Hard Life (1964) See more »

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An outstanding masterpiece of political cinema
15 January 2010 | by rowmorgSee all my reviews

I don't recollect giving many 10s. This film has to get the gong: it has it all, great acting, great scenario, brilliant direction, it's one of those films that feels like a slice of life rather than a drama. It could have been made yesterday, although not in the USA, I hasten to add, which is a shame because it really describes the post-WW2 dispensation imposed on Italy by the USA, with the aid of the Comorra, the criminal tribal system of greater Naples. The quintessential American figure, the property developer, played by US icon Rod Steiger, stands at the centre of this maelstrom of a movie, denounced daily on all fronts by the leader of the Left forces, De Vita (Carlo Fermariello), and catered to by the assortment of running dogs and capos on the Right. This movie performs nothing less than open-heart surgery on a great city at a turning point in its history: the eloquence, the in-fighting, the soul-searching. It also contains some great film-making, particularly the initial fatal building collapse that triggers the narrative. This film gets to the heart of what went wrong with the modern city, and it has attained the status of universality. In my opinion, every American high-school student should be obliged to view it in order to graduate from High school.

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7 November 1963 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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