Hawks and Sparrows (1965)

Hawks and Sparrows


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Originally Uccellacci e Uccellini, The Hawks and the Sparrows was adapted by director Pier Paolo Pasolini from his own novel. Italian comedian Toto plays a dual role, as "himself" and 12th century monk Brother Ciccillo. In modern times, Toto and his son Ninetto Davoli come across a talking crow who insists upon asking them where they're going. The answer, it turns out, is eight centuries into the past, where Toto and Davoli become monks, employed by Francis of Assisi to convert the birds of the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Pier Paolo Pasolini
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On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
Water Bearer Films Inc.



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Critic Reviews for Hawks and Sparrows

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

The crow's performance is the best thing in it.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The genial, humorous and compassionate way in which these generalizations are conveyed, with the wonderful Italian clown, Toto, and Ninetto Davoli playing the father and son, is so lively and fascinating, so primitive and droll.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Hawks and the Sparrows is a whimsical fantasy about Christianity and Marxism; the question is left open as to whether Pasolini believes in either, or neither.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Pier Paolo Pasolini was a major theorist as well as a leader in the Italian avant-garde.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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For the birds.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A sort of Marxist Hellzapoppin, politicized vaudeville and skittery poesy, an open structure overflowing with gags and ideas

Full Review… | February 12, 2010

Audience Reviews for Hawks and Sparrows


A boy and his father meet a talking raven who tells them the story of two monks sent by St. Francis to convert birds to Christianity, among other absurd adventures. This Marxist class parable is very much a product of Italy, circa 1966, and hasn't traveled well to our era.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Read the synopsis for this film. Sound good to you? Of course it does, and it is! Religion vs. Marxism, told by a clown and a young boy. I was going to say how very passolini it is but actually, I don't think he's ever been as funny. It's a typically sly satire as you'd expect but it's got a whole lot of heart, Toto was perfect casting. It's got a talking Marxist crow in it!!!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

...director risking the reputation: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Arash Xak

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