The Brothers Rico (1957)





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In this film, the Rico brothers are mobsters in the employ of syndicate head Sid Kubick. Richard Conte plays the one Rico brother who has forsaken crime. But the other Ricos haven't yet seen the light, causing a deep rift in the brothers' family bonds.
Classics , Drama
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Columbia Pictures


Richard Conte
as Eddie Rico
James Darren
as Johnny Rico
Dianne Foster
as Alice Rico
Larry Gates
as Sid Kubik
Lamont Johnson
as Peter Malaks
Harry Bellaver
as Mike Lamotta
Paul Picerni
as Gino Rico
Paul Dubov
as Phil
Rudy Bond
as Gonzales
Richard Bakalyan
as Vic Tucci
William Phipps
as Joe Wesson
Mimi Aguglia
as Julia Rico
Maggie O'Byrne
as Mrs. Felici
George Cisar
as Dude Cowboy
Jane Easton
as Nellie
James Waters
as Laundry Truck Driver
Darren Dublin
as Bellboy
Don Orlando
as Cabbie#1
Mimi Gibson
as Felici; Little Girl
Sam Finn
as Cabbie#2
Ernesto Morelli
as Pizza Maker
Jerry Summers
as Bellboy
Nesdon Booth
as Burly Man
Pepe Hern
as Bank Clerk
Rankin Mansfield
as Bank Official
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Critic Reviews for The Brothers Rico

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

A primitive, absorbing, meat-and-potatoes-make that spaghetti-and-meatballs-gangster movie from 1957.

January 7, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Harrowing gangster thriller shows high cost of blindly trusting authority.

Full Review… | December 29, 2015
Classic Film and Television

Conte's strong physical presence being challenged by outside dark forces gives the film its noir look.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Brothers Rico


An entertaining film noir as the genre was nearing its end. Here we had a look at the gangster-mob life from a different perspective. Richard Conte plays Eddie Rico who worked for his uncle Kubik. The film begins with an ominous phone call as Eddie is told he needs to take in a mob member who is hiding from the justice. Eddie complies although he wishes to not get involved. He is currently trying to adopt a child with his wife. Eddie is called out by Kubik to find their missing brother Johnny. When Eddie runs into his brothers Gino and Johnny, he tells them to trust the mob and follow their instructions. Eddie believes that fidelity is still a virtue among the mob bosses. He is committed to the cause and will do anything to make sure his brothers continue to survive. As a noir, it moves from Florida to New York to Phoenix and California, becoming one of the few national noirs (there is none I can think of right now). The film is shot in a minimalist fashion. Most of the sound is diegetic based on the scenes on screen. On several occasions, melodramatic music plays which actually tones down the suspense, but clearly it is a tool used by the director to deprive the viewer of expected non-diegetic music. Richard Conte and his wife are very playful in the early scenes and risqué for the period as they engage playfully in the bathroom. As a mob movie with an Italian background, it continues the early gangster movies but takes the angle of the people down the line who are at the mercy of those at the top. The Brothers Rico is worthwhile as an entertaining movie if you like film-noir and tracing the developments of gangster films.

gerardo rodriguez
gerardo rodriguez

This movie is good at portraying the hold that the crime underworld has on one of their own that has left the business. Richard Conte is excellent in the lead role. Larry Gates is outstanding in the villanous role of "head gangster." Wraps up a little too quickly at the end.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

A former mob accountant gets sucked back in when his brothers are in danger. It's a solid thriller, with a good performance by Richard Conte and a thick air of paranoia and tension. It didn't really impress me much, though. It's certainly not a bad film at all, I even enjoyed it... it just doesn't have that certain something.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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