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Sacco & Vanzetti (1971)

Sacco e Vanzetti (original title)
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The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.

Director:

Giuliano Montaldo

Writers:

Fabrizio Onofri (story), Giuliano Montaldo (story) | 4 more credits »
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6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Nicola Sacco
Cyril Cusack ... Frederick Katzmann
Rosanna Fratello Rosanna Fratello ... Rosa Sacco
Geoffrey Keen ... Judge Webster Thayer
Milo O'Shea ... Fred Moore
William Prince ... William Thompson
Claude Mann ... Journalist
Edward Jewesbury ... Alvan T. Fuller
Armenia Balducci Armenia Balducci ... Virginia
Valentino Orfeo Valentino Orfeo
Pier Giovanni Anchisi Pier Giovanni Anchisi ... Membro Comitato Difesa (as Piero Archisi)
Desmond Perry Desmond Perry
John Harvey John Harvey
Felicity Mason Felicity Mason
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In 1920, the anarchist Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco (Riccardo Cucciolla) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (Gian Maria Volonté) are sentenced to death, falsely accused of a robbery and murder. Indeed they are condemned due to their political beliefs, in one of the most shameful and hypocrite judgments of the human history. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The anatomy of the most infamous trial of the century. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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GP | See all certifications »
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This co-production was the final film for the Italian production company Jolly Film. See more »

Quotes

Nicola Sacco: You speak of dollars and cents, sir. Let's talk about millions of dollars. If you talk about a manager of industry or the head of a bank who donates money to a university, everybody says, "What a great man he is!" But I have worked thirteen years in this free country, doing what I've been told. I've worked like a slave and I still don't own anything, not a single dollar. Here, all you hear is, "Passport, passport!" But when I went to the consulate to organize my journey back to be repatriated, ...
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Alternate Versions

The American release censors a lot of the pro-anarchy sentiments, most notably Bartolomeo Vanzetti's final words. In the American version, he simply says "I am innocent"; in the international version, he states what are said to be his actual final words, "Viva l'anarchia", "Long live anarchy". See more »


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The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti
Written by Ennio Morricone & Joan Baez
Performed by Joan Baez
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A Masterpiece of the Political Italian Cinema
24 April 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1920, the anarchist Italian immigrants Niccola Sacco (Riccardo Cucciolla) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (Gian Maria Volonté) are sentenced to death, falsely accused of a robbery and murder. Indeed they are condemned due to their political beliefs, in one of the most shameful and hypocrite judgments of the human history. In 1971, the exhibition of "Sacco and Vanzetti" was forbidden in Brazil, and the first time I could watch it was when Brazil was leaving the military dictatorship regime in a movie theater specialized in art movies. I was very impressed with the story of one of the greatest injustice of a judiciary system, mostly because it happened in the "land of freedom". Gian Maria Volonté, as usual, and Riccardo Cucciolla offer one of the most touching and beautiful dramatic interpretations I have ever seen. This movie was recently released by the best (not in quantity of titles but in their quality) Brazilian distributors called Versatil. The DVD is completely restored, in widescreen and full of Extras, showing footages of this infamous trial. The musical score of Joan Baez and Ennio Morricone is another attraction. I expected to see this outstanding movie among the IMDb Top 250, but it seems that its worldwide distribution does not work well, and there are only 185 votes in 2005. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Sacco & Vanzetti"


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Italy | France

Language:

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Release Date:

16 March 1971 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Gross USA:

$185,410
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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