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The Brotherhood (1968)

The Brotherhood




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In Martin Ritt's The Brotherhood, Kirk Douglas plays Frank Ginetta, an old-line Mafioso who resents the newer policies encouraged by his younger brother Vince (Alex Cord). Frank resists all attempts at modernizing his operation, whereupon Vince cajoles his father-in-law Dominick Bertolo (Luther Adler) to spearhead an inter-mob rebellion. Summing up Bertolo as a rat and a liar, Frank has the man murdered in a graphically brutal fashion. It is up to Vince to exact retribution by killing his own brother. Lewis John Carlino's screenplay includes many of the elements that would gain legendary status upon the release of The Godfather, including the dreaded "kiss of death." Star Kirk Douglas also served as producer.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lewis John Carlino
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2002
Paramount Pictures


Alex Cord
as Vince
Luther Adler
as Bertolo
Susan Strasberg
as Emma Ginetta
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Don Peppino
Joe De Santis
as Pietro Rizzi
Connie Scott
as Carmelo Ginetta
Val Avery
as Jake Rotherman
Alan Hewitt
as Sol Levin
Louis Badolati
as Don Turridu
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Critic Reviews for The Brotherhood

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

[Director Martin] Ritt can do very little with the breast-beating which attends this tale of brotherly love and self-sacrifice.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Brotherhood has an old-fashioned, beautiful energy about it.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Godfather-like saga has its moments.

January 4, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

The acting is memorable throughout - Douglas characteristically tense, Cord perfect as the smoother sibling and Adler menacing as the boss.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

September 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for The Brotherhood

I don't know why but I expected to like The Brotherhood from the start so I was disappointed when I didn't.It was OK I guess but it wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be.Maybe it was because Kurt Douglas was playing a gangster that I thought I would like this movie.It's nothing I'd recommend, Just something to watch

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

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