The Rose Tattoo (1955)




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Scripted by famed playwright Tennessee Williams, The Rose Tattoo stars Anna Magnani as Serafina Delle Rose, a Sicilian woman who now lives in the American South. As the film opens, she is still mourning the death of her beloved husband, constantly telling herself stories of their time together. Her fragile emotional existence is shattered when she discovers that her husband had been carrying on with another woman. Luckily, Serafina also meets truck driver Alvaro Mangiacavallo (Burt Lancaster) … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Tennessee Williams, Hal Kanter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2004


as Serafina Delle Rose

as Alvaro Mangiacavallo

as Rosa Delle Rose

as Jack Hunter

as Estelle Hohengarten

as Bessie

as Father De Leo

as Assunta

as Schoolteacher

as Guiseppina

as Mariella

as The Strega

as Miss Mangiacavallo

as Pop Mangiacavallo

as Grandma Mangiacavall...

as Mamma Shigura

as Taxi Driver

as Violetta

as Taxi Driver

as Rosario Delle Rose

as Violetta

as Salvatore
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Critic Reviews for The Rose Tattoo

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | August 31, 2010
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

To conform to the Code, Daniel Mann's version scaled down the raw sexuality in Tennessee Williams' play. In the original work, it was raw passion, but in the film desire is approved only if it leads to marriage.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006

Anna Magnani shines ... but the stagebound feel of the film, and especially some wretched overacting by Burt Lancaster, almost sink it.

Full Review… | October 31, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Rose Tattoo

Burt Lancaster may get top billing but the real star of this film is the incomparable Anna Magnani. What a performance!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Tennessee Williams wrote this play for Magnani, so it's no surprise that she shines in this role. Rather than trademark decadence, this South focuses on the Sicilian immigrant experience. The script reads authentically and Magnani's performance lends further credibility to Sicilian views of family, gender roles and honor. Lancaster hasn't been in a goofier or over-acted role, yet his rendering is appropriately clownesque. For once, Williams brings happiness out of the darkness.

Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

Good drama, almost easy going coming from Williams. Magnani gives it her all.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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