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Mafioso (1964)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 2

Mafioso begins as an amusing farce and skillfully transforms into a portentous social drama.


Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 0

Mafioso begins as an amusing farce and skillfully transforms into a portentous social drama.



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In this crime comedy with heavy neorealist influence, Antonio (Alberto Sordi) is a Sicilian auto plant worker who has almost completely forsaken his southern Italian roots by marrying a fair-haired girl from the north and conceiving two children with her. As the movie opens, Antonio prepares to round up the family and take them on a vacation to his native town of Calamo, Sicily. Before he leaves, however, his boss summons him in and asks him to pass along a little gift to Don Vincenzo, a mob

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Director Lattuada was reportedly acclaimed for his oddball tonal shifts, which Mafioso offers in spades.

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Director Alberto Lattuada balances the satirical and shocking aspects of the story on a stiletto's edge.

May 24, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The transitional gears never grind. They just keep clicking until you know you're along for the entire ride.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The film ripens in an unanticipated way, nimbly shifting from near farce to something quite a bit darker.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Mafioso may be 45 years old, but it's as bracingly relevant as anything else in theaters today. Even in the heat of a dry Sicilian summer, the film looks fresh as a lemon tree. And when you bite down hard, it's just as bitter.

April 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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If you crossed Meet the Parents with The Godfather and filmed it 45 years ago in Italian, you might come close to Mafioso, a black-and-white gem from 1962 whose appearance in local theaters is inexplicable but most welcome.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Brilliant neglected and underappreciated film about the Sicilian mafia.

December 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A gentle Italian comedy from 1962 that takes a sobering, chilling turn that would make Michael Corleone proud.

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Director Alberto Lattuada's seriocomic 1962 look at the Sicilian mob lifestyle broke the omerta, providing a look at the sordidly fascinating life of the wiseguy.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

No wonder Mafioso vanished without a trace when it was released in 1962; the mordant mobster comedy was about 45 years ahead of its time.

May 24, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It feels like a comedy, and then a dark drama, and then, no, wait . . . a semicomic documentary, right? The effect, carried brilliantly by Sordi, is delightful.

May 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Some viewers may feel betrayed when the film's light-hearted and gently mocking attitude suddenly turns deadly serious. I thought it was breathtaking.

May 18, 2007
Kansas City Star

If you're curious to see the roots of Mafia-related cinema (or even if you simply enjoy a well-made, well-acted film), don't miss Mafioso, a fresh, and still engaging comedy-drama.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

The sort of masterpiece that will obliterate memories of lesser, later efforts in the 'meeting the parents' comedy lineage. Brilliant.

April 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Mafioso is one of those quirky little films that grow on you as time goes by. Wonderfully shot in black and white by Armando Nannuzzi, whimsically played by Sordi and Bengell, Mafioso will remind you again why you like movies.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

...a masterpiece film that readily rivals the best modern American gangster film.

March 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The black American offers a brief, sharp bit of tragicomic business that only appears unrelated to Nino's dire plot. He has no idea who he is, and even when he finds out, he's committed to silence.

March 17, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Nothing quite prepares you for the unique experience of this film. It's an offer that you ... well, you know. Leave the gun, take the cannolis. Mangiate bene.

March 16, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Mafioso

Antonio Badalamenti; factory supervisor, loving husband, devoted father, reluctant hit-man.
January 14, 2012
Randy Tippy

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It is surprising and strange to us how the mafia works in Italy, which is shown in this movie, but this movie is exciting and very funny. I enjoyed it.
November 23, 2010

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darkly funny. great role for alberto sordi. bravo!
October 12, 2008

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "Mafioso," Antonio Badalamenti(Alberto Sordi) is an efficiency expert about to take his blonde wife Marta(Norma Bengell) and two children to visit his family in Sicily for the first time. But before he can make his escape, his boss Dr. Zanchi(Armando Tine) asks him to deliver a small package to Don Vincenzo(Ugo Attanasio) when he sees him.(While Zanchi is originally from America, his parents are also from Siciliy.) Antonio happily agrees as he rushes home to catch a train that will get them to Sicily by the following morning.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]While not quite the comedy I was expecting, there is still much to recommend in "Mafioso." Don't get me wrong. There are certainly comedic elements but they are subtly downplayed as the movie barely avoids several stereotypes at once while utilizing a parallel storyline to its best advantage. What is accentuated are the cultural differences between the traditional, laid back Sicily versus the more modern, fast-paced Milan.(I don't have the ear for it but I am sure the dialects are quite different also.) It does not take Antonio long to get used to the slower rhythms of his old hometown but he is shocked by the darkness that infuses the last half hour of the movie. Throughout, he is reminded that most of his old friends are dead, in jail or perpetually unemployed, his university education allowing him to escape this fate. But there are worse things than hanging out at the beach all day.[/font]
March 12, 2009
Walter M.

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