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  • May 26, 2021

    The only brother who has a job sent to find his brother who particapated in a hit job

    The only brother who has a job sent to find his brother who particapated in a hit job

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    Aldo G Super Reviewer
    May 23, 2021

    As pointed out by TCM's Eddie Mueller, the Hollywood sanitization of the original story, Georges Simenon's novel Les frères Rico, whitewashes the story of much of its grit. What remains is a solid lead performance by Richard Conte and not much else.

    As pointed out by TCM's Eddie Mueller, the Hollywood sanitization of the original story, Georges Simenon's novel Les frères Rico, whitewashes the story of much of its grit. What remains is a solid lead performance by Richard Conte and not much else.

  • Aug 28, 2018

    To me, Richard Conte seems the epitome of the noir villain, probably due to his evil role as the crime boss in The Big Combo (1955). So, when he shows up as a mob accountant turned small business man named Eddie Rico, you aren't quite sure where he stands. As it turns out, he's on the straight-and-narrow - but his younger brothers are still involved with the mob. And when a once-fatherly mob kingpin asks Eddie to find his brothers (who have gone missing) so that they can be "protected", Eddie naively helps out (persuading his aging mum to tell what she knows). Of course, mob kingpins are never that generous and nefarious ulterior motives soon appear; Eddie's safe family life (he and his wife are about to adopt a child) is soon jeopardised. Director Phil Karlson doesn't do anything fancy visually with the material (and Martin Scorsese notes this in his introduction to the film, arguing that this makes it come across tougher); but he's an old hand at noir and it shows (previous films include Scandal Sheet, 1952; Kansas City Confidential, 1952; 99 River Street, 1953; and The Phenix City Story, 1955). This isn't top tier but it's solid.

    To me, Richard Conte seems the epitome of the noir villain, probably due to his evil role as the crime boss in The Big Combo (1955). So, when he shows up as a mob accountant turned small business man named Eddie Rico, you aren't quite sure where he stands. As it turns out, he's on the straight-and-narrow - but his younger brothers are still involved with the mob. And when a once-fatherly mob kingpin asks Eddie to find his brothers (who have gone missing) so that they can be "protected", Eddie naively helps out (persuading his aging mum to tell what she knows). Of course, mob kingpins are never that generous and nefarious ulterior motives soon appear; Eddie's safe family life (he and his wife are about to adopt a child) is soon jeopardised. Director Phil Karlson doesn't do anything fancy visually with the material (and Martin Scorsese notes this in his introduction to the film, arguing that this makes it come across tougher); but he's an old hand at noir and it shows (previous films include Scandal Sheet, 1952; Kansas City Confidential, 1952; 99 River Street, 1953; and The Phenix City Story, 1955). This isn't top tier but it's solid.

  • Jun 29, 2015

    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.

    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.

  • Jun 07, 2015

    a good crime noir movie from 1957.

    a good crime noir movie from 1957.

  • Mar 06, 2013

    Pretty good crime drama...with a weak plot--Wheeeeer's Johnny!!

    Pretty good crime drama...with a weak plot--Wheeeeer's Johnny!!

  • Feb 26, 2012

    good mob story but noir to me

    good mob story but noir to me

  • Jun 23, 2011

    Super solid. It is kind of a mix of 30s gangster and 50s noir movie. Great direction, actors, filming and a really classic cynical story.

    Super solid. It is kind of a mix of 30s gangster and 50s noir movie. Great direction, actors, filming and a really classic cynical story.

  • Jun 09, 2011

    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.

    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.

  • Aug 25, 2010

    "Well, you can't buck the system Eddie." This melodramatic gangster picture is pretty much the origin of all modern familial mob dramas (especially the work of Martin Scorsese who does a fine intro on the dvd). Richard Conte's reformed mob accountant is tricked into hunting down his squealer brother Johnny and he soon discovers there's no way out but war...Honestly, there's a little too much hope for this kinda narrative and I never really connected to Conte's plight. Decent, but I prefer the film's offspring. VF.

    "Well, you can't buck the system Eddie." This melodramatic gangster picture is pretty much the origin of all modern familial mob dramas (especially the work of Martin Scorsese who does a fine intro on the dvd). Richard Conte's reformed mob accountant is tricked into hunting down his squealer brother Johnny and he soon discovers there's no way out but war...Honestly, there's a little too much hope for this kinda narrative and I never really connected to Conte's plight. Decent, but I prefer the film's offspring. VF.