Mafioso (1964)

Antonio, a conscientious factory official, takes his wife and children to meet his family in Sicily and finds himself in the favor of local mobster Don Vincenzo. Terrified and conflicted, he tells his family that he is going hunting but… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 30, 1964
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mafioso begins as an amusing farce and skillfully transforms into a portentous social drama.

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out

Director Lattuada was reportedly acclaimed for his oddball tonal shifts, which Mafioso offers in spades.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The film ripens in an unanticipated way, nimbly shifting from near farce to something quite a bit darker.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brilliant neglected and underappreciated film about the Sicilian mafia.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Director Alberto Lattuada balances the satirical and shocking aspects of the story on a stiletto's edge.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Mafioso may be 45 years old, but it's as bracingly relevant as anything else in theaters today. Even in the heat of a dry Sicilian summer, the film looks fresh as a lemon tree. And when you bite down hard, it's just as bitter.

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Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A gentle Italian comedy from 1962 that takes a sobering, chilling turn that would make Michael Corleone proud.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The transitional gears never grind. They just keep clicking until you know you're along for the entire ride.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

If you crossed Meet the Parents with The Godfather and filmed it 45 years ago in Italian, you might come close to Mafioso, a black-and-white gem from 1962 whose appearance in local theaters is inexplicable but most welcome.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Director Alberto Lattuada's seriocomic 1962 look at the Sicilian mob lifestyle broke the omerta, providing a look at the sordidly fascinating life of the wiseguy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Antonio Badalamenti; factory supervisor, loving husband, devoted father, reluctant hit-man.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Mafioso," Antonio Badalamenti(Alberto Sordi) is an efficiency expert about to take his blonde wife Marta(Norma Bengell) and… More
Aj V
It is surprising and strange to us how the mafia works in Italy, which is shown in this movie, but this movie is exciting and very funny. I enjoyed it.
Dimitris Springer
The times and ironies of a person's boring felicity.What a paradox.Antonio ought to have shown some gratitude being in a position of taking charge for once… More
Stefanie C
darkly funny. great role for alberto sordi. bravo!