The Rose Tattoo (1955)




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Based on Tennessee Williams' play, The Rose Tattoo is the story of a Southern widow (Anna Magnani) who finally stops pining for her dead husband when she falls in love with a trucker (Burt Lancaster). Williams wrote his play and this adapted screenplay with Magnani in mind, and she earned an Academy Award for her performance.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Anna Magnani
as Serafina Delle Rose
Burt Lancaster
as Alvaro Mangiacavallo
Marisa Pavan
as Rosa Delle Rose
Ben Cooper
as Jack Hunter
Virginia Grey
as Estelle Hohengarten
Jo Van Fleet
as Bessie
Sandro Giglio
as Father De Leo
Mimi Aguglia
as Assunta
Dorrit Kelton
as Schoolteacher
Augusta Merighi
as Guiseppina
Rosa Rey
as Mariella
Georgia Simmons
as The Strega
Zolya Talma
as Miss Mangiacavallo
George Humbert
as Pop Mangiacavallo
Margherita Pasquero
as Grandma Mangiacavallo
May Lee
as Mamma Shigura
Lewis Charles
as Taxi Driver
Virgil Osborne
as Taxi Driver
Jean Hart
as Violetta
Larry Chance
as Rosario Delle Rose
Jeanne Hart
as Violetta
Roland Vildo
as Salvatore
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Critic Reviews for The Rose Tattoo

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Chicago Reader
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To conform to the Code, Daniel Mann's version scaled down the raw sexuality in Tennessee Williams' play. In the original work, it was raw passion, but in the film desire is approved only if it leads to marriage.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Rose Tattoo

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Burt Lancaster may get top billing but the real star of this film is the incomparable Anna Magnani. What a performance!

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

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