The Rose Tattoo 1955

The Rose Tattoo

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Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, this classic drama centers on Serafina (Anna Magnani), a widowed Sicilian woman living in the American South who is left devastated by the death of her husband. Grief turns her into a recluse, however she is drawn back into the world when she learns of her late husband's infidelities. Meanwhile, the arrival of a new lodger, handsome truck driver Alvaro (Burt Lancaster), offers hope of a new love in her life.

Cast & Crew

Anna Magnani
Serafina Delle Rose
Burt Lancaster
Alvaro Mangiacavallo
Marisa Pavan
Rosa Delle Rose
Ben Cooper
Jack Hunter
Virginia Grey
Estelle Hohengarten
Sandro Giglio
Father De Leo
Dorrit Kelton
Schoolteacher (uncredited)
Hal Kanter
Writer (Adaptation)
Alex North
Original Music
Harry Warren
Original Music
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer
Warren Low
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Critic Reviews for The Rose Tattoo

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Audience Reviews for The Rose Tattoo

  • Mar 03, 2014
    Anna Magnani is fabulous in whatever she appears in. With Lancaster it is touch and go. Call this one a middling effort. the film is likely held back by society norms as to what should and should not appear in a film. Overdue perhaps for a reboot.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2010
    Tennessee Williams wrote this play for Magnani, so it's no surprise that she shines in this role. Rather than trademark decadence, this South focuses on the Sicilian immigrant experience. The script reads authentically and Magnani's performance lends further credibility to Sicilian views of family, gender roles and honor. Lancaster hasn't been in a goofier or over-acted role, yet his rendering is appropriately clownesque. For once, Williams brings happiness out of the darkness.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2009
    Good drama, almost easy going coming from Williams. Magnani gives it her all.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2009
    Burt Lancaster may get top billing but the real star of this film is the incomparable Anna Magnani. What a performance!
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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