Synopsis: Set in Italy, the film follows the lives and interactions of two boys/men, one born a bastard of peasant stock (Depardieu), the other born to a land owner (de Niro). The drama spans from 1900 to about 1945, and focuses mainly on the rise of Fascism and the peasants' eventual reaction by supporting Communism, and how these events shape the destinies of the two main characters.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Bernardo Bertolucci
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
317 min

25th of April 1945

Liberation Day

The war is over.


Hurry, comrades, in the name of Stalin!

The Black Shirt bandits are here!

-Quick! Let's wipe them out!

-Come on, it's the partisans.

-Yeah, let's go finish them.

-lsn't that black smoke? Come back!

Every last one of them.

Grab these. Go, go on.

l want a gun, too.

-What are you doing? Let go.

-l want a gun, too.

Come on. l was good enough

to cut the telephone lines,

so l'm good enough to carry a gun.

Come on, Wildcat. Come on.

Give me one. You promised.


Leonito, what are you waiting for?

Take this. The magazine, too.


-Where are you going?

-l want to kill, too.

...the commander of the

Matteotti Partisan Brigade

for the liberation of ltaly.

Within the last few minutes,

we have seized a radio station in Milan.

The city has been liberated!

And, at last, a free Milan

salutes its fellow countrymen.

l repeat, this is the commander

of the Matteotti Partisan Brigade

for the liberation of ltaly.

ln the excitement and joy

of this memorable moment,

our thoughts must go

to those who gave their lives

to bring an end

to the enslavement of ltaly

at the hands of the

Nazi Fascist barbarian regime.

But our thoughts, above all,

go to our brother partisans

-who fought so bravely...

-Leonito, what are you doing in here?

-...and sacrificed even their lives.

-l didn't even see you.

Leonito, what is all this nonsense?

Give me that gun.

Let go!

Long live, Stalin.

Have you gone out of your mind?

...commander of the Matteotti

Partisan Brigade for ltalian liberation.

Fascism has left us

an inheritance of misery,

-humiliation, and death.

-Long live Stalin.

Attila and Regina.

Attila and Regina!

Shoot, Attila! Shoot!

Kill her!


-Dirty Cossack!

-Kill her!

-l'll murder you.




l'm coming!

l'm coming!

Come on. Come on.

Oh, the swallows are back.

Wait, wait.

My grandfather died here.

Stand up!

Sit down.


Did you know that in America

every cow has its own drinking trough?

American cows are lucky.

They're well off.


wouldn't you like

to go to America, Leonito?

Call me Olmo.

l thought your name was Leonito.

Olmo's my partisan name.

Do you know who Olmo was?

l know he was the bravest.

The bravest.

Well, my little partisan friend,

what do you think of your master?

There are no more masters!

Many years before...

Verdi is dead!

Verdi is dead!

Giuseppe Verdi is dead!

Push! Push! Push! Push!

Push! Push! Push!

lt's born! lt's born!

Look what a nice baby l made.

Keep going.

Come on. lt's coming.

Rosalba, the door.

Close the door, Rosalba.

Be quiet, children. Hush up.

lt's a boy!

lt's a boy!

lt's another mouth to feed.

Rosina had a boy!

Another little ass to clean.

lt's a boy!

Don't touch him, Rigoletto,

he'll get a hump on his back.

She had a boy!

lt's a boy!

A boy!

We have another boy!

Damned woman.

lt's a boy!

You hear that, you good for nothing?

The bastard's born

before the master's son!

l'm going to get a stick

and come up there.

Eleonora, push. lt's coming.

l can feel it coming. Push!

Go on, harder! Push!





Alfredo is born!


The same name as mine.

And if it's a girl?

lt's not a girl, is it?

Papa, l think l can tell a boy from a girl.

He's got all the right things.

He's got his father's expression already.

And his grandfather's money already.

What a pretty little boy.

Giovanni, Giovanni.


-What is it?

-How is the mother?

-Just fine.

-Give her a kiss for me.

-''May the fruit of this union,

''by heaven blessed,

''plucked from the Garden of Eden

''be the heir to the lordly graces,

''the pious heart,

-''the virtues of the patriots...''

-Oh, shut up!

-Giovanni, Giovanni.

-Yes, Papa.

Write to that playboy brother of yours.

Write as l say.

Yes, Papa.


Why don't you have

anything to write with?

Ottavio Berlinghieri,

Hotel Des Bains, Lido, Venice.

Announce birth,

first Berlinghieri, 20th century. Stop!

Pray God he doesn't

grow up like you. Stop.

Found wife yet? Question mark.

Affectionately, Papa. Have you got that?

-Of course, Papa.


Sister Desolata.

Sister Desolata is here!

Dear brother.

lt's a boy, a boy.

Bravo! Bravo!

You can take down the trunks

because l shall never again

return to that nunnery.

The monsignor has turned very cruel.

He prefers the novices,

and he neglects me.

He does.

And l can't tell you

how lowbred they are.

Listen, listen to this.

Just the other day, l...

Rigoletto, my hat.


-Yes, Signor Padrone.

-The Lord be with you.

-And with your spirit.

A priest here, too.

lt's a conspiracy, l tell you.

Well, humpback.

What do you see in there, eh?

Snow. lt's covered with snow.

Like in winter.

-What else?

-A church.

A cathedral with spires.

-And what else?




lt's like paradise in there.

And you're the padrone,

the lord, the master.

And l'd be Saint Peter,

if you'd give me the keys.

Stop, no more work today.

Thanks, padrone. Hey, thanks.

Stop! Stop!

Hey, drink up, drink up.

-For you. Stop. No work today.

-Today, you're the padrone, too.

Penzo, special wine.


-Salute, padrone.

Where's Dalco?

Leo's in the vineyard.

That's the last bottle.

Wine from the city.

What about mine?

lt says ''sparkling champagne.''

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Franco Arcalli

Franco "Kim" Arcalli (13 March 1929 – 24 February 1978) was an Italian film editor and screenwriter best known for his work with Bernardo Bertolucci and Michelangelo Antonioni. more…

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