Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger)
Accattone (The Procurer) (The Scrounger) (1961)

A pimp from a remote, rural Italian province attempts to reform after falling in love with a virtuous young woman but soon faces disappointment and reverts to a life of violent crime. Nonprofessional actors and real locations add… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 31, 1961
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Variety Staff

This is a fascinating debut by writer-director Pier Paolo Pasolini, who has scripted some interesting pix.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The brutality and frigid despair of this 1962 film have had a lasting impact on political filmmaking.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A brutally lyrical and unsentimental urban drama grounded in realism.

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Time Out

The character of Accattone himself, self-destructive and conscious of his situation within a class from which he cannot escape, embodies many of the contradictions in Pasolini's lifetime of coming to terms with Marxism and Catholicism.

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Fernando F. Croce

At once squalid and exalted

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Emanuel Levy

Pasolini made a strong feature debut with this gritty portrait of a new type of an Italian anti-hero, departing from the post WWII Italian ne-realism.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

The result is uneven, but not without distinction.

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TV Guide

Pasolini's first feature is a classic neorealist study of the Roman underworld of poverty and petty thievery.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

presents an even bleaker picture than Rossellini and De Sica

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