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Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Rocco e i suoi fratelli (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Sport | 26 June 1961 (USA)
Having recently been uprooted to Milan, Rocco and his four brothers each look for a new way in life when a prostitute comes between Rocco and his brother Simone.

Director:

Luchino Visconti

Writers:

Luchino Visconti (story), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story) | 7 more credits »
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Rocco Parondi
Renato Salvatori ... Simone Parondi
Annie Girardot ... Nadia
Katina Paxinou ... Rosaria Parondi
Alessandra Panaro ... Ciro's Fiancee
Spyros Fokas ... Vincenzo Parondi (as Spiros Focas)
Max Cartier Max Cartier ... Ciro Parondi
Corrado Pani ... Ivo
Rocco Vidolazzi Rocco Vidolazzi ... Luca Parondi
Claudia Mori ... Laundry Worker
Adriana Asti ... Laundry Worker
Enzo Fiermonte ... Boxer
Nino Castelnuovo ... Nino Rossi
Rosario Borelli Rosario Borelli ... Un biscazziere
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Alfredo, Ginetta's brother
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Storyline

The widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with her 4 sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but everyone manages to find something to do. Simone is boxing, Rocco works in a dry cleaners, and Ciro studies. Simone meets Nadia, a prostitute, and they have a stormy affair. Then Rocco, after finishing his military service, begins a relationship with her. A bitter feud ensues between the two brothers, which will lead as far as murder... Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Taglines:

DARING in its realism. STUNNING in its impact. BREATHTAKING in its scope. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocco and His Brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Duomo, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,328
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Filming was highly problematic, as Luchino Visconti found himself continually denied promised permits, and was forced to shoot in unsuitable locations. To add insult to injury, he was forced to make some deep cuts to his finished film. See more »

Quotes

Ciro Parondi: Brothers or not, we're seeds taken from the same sack meant to bear fruit. A seed gone bad must be weeded out. Just like when we cleaned lentils.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 180 minutes in Italy. Local censorship forced director Visconti to cut a few sequences (including scenes from Nadia's rape); the film was subsequently shortened even more for foreign distribution. Director of photography Giuseppe Rotunno has prepared a restored full version, which has been re-released in 1991. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Horst Buchholz... mein Papa (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

E vero
Written by and Umberto Bindi
Performed by Umberto Bindi
Courtesy Ricordi
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An astonishing work of almost religious intensity
22 April 2003 | by YouRebelScumSee all my reviews

I was lucky enough to catch this extraordinary film late last night on a cable channel. It's about a widow from southern Italy who moves to Milan with her five sons. Gradually they become embroiled in the big city, some becoming corrupted by its ways, others profiting. Rocco, played by Alain Delon, is an innocent, looking at his brothers and life in general with saintly patience. When his beneficent attitude comes under pressure, he doesn't give in to self-interest, choosing to sacrifice his own happiness, and that of the woman he loves, for his family. Family is really what 'Rocco and his Brothers' is all about. I've never got into Visconti, but seeing this film has made me want to see more of his work. Also, this move has one of the most powerful images I've ever seen, as the maddened Simone advances towards the doomed prostitute Nadia. It's an image so remarkable I actually shouted aloud when I saw it. I urge you to see this film. It's a remarkable, passionate, beautifully photographed drama that will stay with you for a long time.


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