The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and its effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.

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Lina Wertmüller
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giancarlo Giannini ... Pasqualino Frafuso
Fernando Rey ... Pedro
Shirley Stoler ... The Prison Camp Commandant
Elena Fiore ... Concettina Frafuso
Piero Di Iorio Piero Di Iorio ... Francesco
Enzo Vitale Enzo Vitale ... Don Raffaele
Roberto Herlitzka ... Socialist
Lucio Amelio Lucio Amelio ... Lawyer
Ermelinda De Felice Ermelinda De Felice ... Signora Frafuso
Bianca D'Origlia Bianca D'Origlia ... The Psychiatrist
Francesca Marciano ... Carolina (as Francesca Marciani)
Mario Conti Mario Conti ... Totonno
Barbara Valmorin ... The Prison Camp Commandant's Secretary
Emilio Salvatore Emilio Salvatore
Aristide Caporale Aristide Caporale ... Madman (as Aristide Caporali)
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It's sometime during WWII. Italian national, Neapolitan Pasqualino Frafuso, is a big talking layabout who has grand ideas of his importance, especially in upholding the honor of his family consisting of his mother and his less than attractive seven sisters. He admits to himself that he too is less than handsome, but believes he nonetheless attracts the romantic interest of most women. It is in he upholding the honor of his sisters that he often calls himself Pasqualino Settebellezze, translated Pasqualino "Seven Beauties". Having gone AWOL from military service, he has just gotten off a train as a stowaway in an unknown locale having just met another AWOL soldier, Francesco, they believing they somewhere in Germany, which is indeed a correct assumption. In relaying his less than direct "point A to point B" story in how he arrived at this point in time to Francesco, Pasqualino tells one in which every conscious decision was what he thought would be the path of greatest ease for himself... Written by Huggo

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...that's what they call him.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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R | See all certifications »

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Features Giancarlo Giannini's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Quotes

Pasqualino Frafuso: Don Raffaele, how could I have known?
Don Raffaele: A real man prepares a job with foresight. Or else anyone at all would be able to do it.
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In the United States the film was shown in both a subtitled and English-dubbed versions. See more »

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Referenced in Sneak Previews: The Top Ten Films of 1976 (1977) See more »

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A wild, bleak extravaganza
3 October 1999 | by larcher-2See all my reviews

A wild, bleak extravaganza in which our Everyman learns to shed everything--even the honor that was the one thing he had--for survival. There's a near-perfect use of images--for example, the use of bright flowered dresses to signify that yet another sister has become a whore--and an equally perfect use of sound, silence, and music. A very, very dark comedy that is largely summed up in the opening sequence, a long litany of those who are to blame. I quote only a few lines: "the ones who don't enjoy themselves even when they laugh. . . the ones who should have been shot in the cradle (pow!). . . the ones who have never had a fatal accident.. . the ones who have had one. . ."

Avoid the dubbed version; it's terrible.


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Country:

Italy

Release Date:

21 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Beauties See more »

Filming Locations:

Aversa, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,536, 16 April 2017

Gross USA:

$12,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,408
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Medusa Distribuzione See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White (opening sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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