The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini)
The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini) (1965)

Toto, the Italian comic, stars in this poetic comedy about a father and his active son, who set out for a walk that becomes a spiritual journey.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1965
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The crow's performance is the best thing in it.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

Pier Paolo Pasolini was a major theorist as well as a leader in the Italian avant-garde.

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TV Guide

The allegorical messages of the film are made quite clear, and Hawks and the Sparrows does not suffer from the overbearing self-conscious pretension that renders much of Pasolini's work inaccessible to most moviegoers.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The genial, humorous and compassionate way in which these generalizations are conveyed, with the wonderful Italian clown, Toto, and Ninetto Davoli playing the father and son, is so lively and fascinating, so primitive and droll.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For the birds.

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An intriguing tragicomic fable that shows two delightful innocents caught, like many Italians at the time, between the Church and communism.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Hawks and the Sparrows is a whimsical fantasy about Christianity and Marxism; the question is left open as to whether Pasolini believes in either, or neither.

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Fernando F. Croce

A sort of Marxist Hellzapoppin, politicized vaudeville and skittery poesy, an open structure overflowing with gags and ideas

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A boy and his father meet a talking raven who tells them the story of two monks sent by St. Francis to convert birds to Christianity, among other absurd… More
Arash Xak
...director risking the reputation: Pier Paolo Pasolini