The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra) (2001) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra) (2001)




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La Grande Strada Azzura was also released as Squarcio, which happens to be the name of the character played by star Yves Montand. Squarcio is a provincial fisherman who expedites his daily catch through the illegal use of dynamite. The other villagers disapprove of Squarcio's methods, but they refuse to turn him into the authorities. Our hero finds out that he has no real friends when he's on the verge of being caught in the act. Promising to mend his ways, Squarcio goes back to his old tricks as soon as the heat is off. His final comeuppance both predictable and inevitable, but cleverly handled by director Gillo Ponteverco. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Although irresistibly "heroic" in appearance and swagger, Montand's Squarcio is also the ultimate in un-Hollywood cowboy thoughtlessness.

January 25, 2002 | Full Review…

Anyone who loves De Sirca's works will find this film a fascinating comparative study

January 29, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Based on this film's honest, meat-and-potatoes appeal, it would be a treat to see more of Pontecorvo's rare filmography. In the meantime, careful with that dynamite.

May 4, 2010 | Full Review…

Chronicles the struggle of an Italian fisherman, Squarciò (Yves Montand), to overcome economic hardships.

June 10, 2006 | Full Review…

An enjoyable melodrama.

July 18, 2003 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A truly lovely film.

January 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Wide Blue Road (La Grande strada azzurra)

[font=Century Gothic]"The Wide Blue Road" takes place in a poor fishing village in Italy. Squarcio(Yves Montand) catches fish the old fashioned way - by using explosives(which is very illegal) while in the company of his young sons. An old friend of his, now in the Coast Guard, is determined to catch him but must do so red handed. Another old friend, Salvatore, abides by the law and fishes by net. He agitates to set up a co-op, so he and his fellow fishermen will no longer be under the thumb of the local merchant.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Wide Blue Road" is a good look at people whose lives depend on fishing but is done in somewhat by melodramatics. Overall, the movie says that there is no easy way to escape poverty and we must all work together. It is nowhere in the league of "La Terra Trema" which covers some of the same terrain. But Yves Montand gives a very good performance. [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Story of a fisherman who TRIES to make a living in an EASIER way...

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Arash Xak

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