The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini) (1965)




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Toto, the Italian comic, stars in this poetic comedy about a father and his active son, who set out for a walk that becomes a spiritual journey.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Water Bearer Films Inc.

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as Brother Cicillo
Ninetto Davoli
as Brother Ninetto
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Critic Reviews for The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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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 8, 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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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For the birds.

Full Review… | April 24, 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 The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)


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
Greg S

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Oh geez. Oh heavens. Here's a farce-satire that, well... From Totò to the Marxist talking crow to Ennio Morricone's title music to the outrageous fantasy sequences, I just... The film's unabashed comic bizarreness is noteworthy on its own accord. And really, that's mostly all it has going for it. *2.5/4*

Michael Zaughan
Michael Zaughan

...director risking the reputation: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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