Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana) (1962)



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Movie Info

Marcello Mastroianni wishes to end his marriage to his shrewish wife. While Italian Catholic law prohibits divorce, murder is only punishable by a short jail sentence if it was done to restore family honor. He plans to find his wife a lover and shoot them both in a jealous rage.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Marcello Mastroianni
as Ferdinando Cefalù
Daniela Rocca
as Rosalia Cefalù
Leopoldo Trieste
as Carmelo Patane
Odoardo Spadaro
as Don Gaetano Cefalù
Antoni Acqua
as the Priest
Lando Buzzanca
as Rosario Mule
Pietro Tordi
as Attorney De Marzi
Ugo Torrente
as Don Calogero
Antonio Acqua
as Priest
Bianca Castagnetta
as Donna Matilde Cefalù
Renato Pinciroli
as Il Socio al Circolo{ita}
Laura Tomiselli
as Zia Fifidda
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Critic Reviews for Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Years ahead of its time.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Top Critic

[A] deeply amoral morality tale.

November 6, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

Skillfully written, with a penetrating, almost brutal glimpse of Sicily and its antiquated way of life, it has been directed by Pietro Germi with lagless pace and consistent incisiveness, evoking constant chuckles rather than isolated guffaws.

Full Review… | November 6, 2007
Top Critic

This is one of the funniest pictures the Italians have sent along.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It remains a terrific entertainment, a European corollary to Preston Sturges.

Full Review… | January 16, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Mastroianni, who was Oscar-nominated, truly shines in this wildly funny, darkly humorous Italian comedy, which was a huge international hit.

Full Review… | April 17, 2011

Audience Reviews for Divorce Italian Style (Divorzio all'italiana)

Well got to admit, I fell asleep in the last half hour and only just caught the ending - but it was because it was late and I was tired, not because this was boring! Actually it was really quite a funny movie, I was pleasantly surprised. Full of pretty unlikable characters, it was hard to feel sorry for any of them. I think that's why it was funny when things went to hell! Also, did they not have hair removal products in 60's Italy?! What was up with the wife's eyebrows?!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


This movie is really hilarious, and Mastroianni gives a perfect performance. The story is good, this movie is a great dark comedy, and I love it. They later made an American version of it, Divorce American Style, which wasn't as funny. I recommend this movie instead.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Great great dark comedy from Germi. Marcello Mastroianni gives a jaw dropping performance

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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