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

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 6, 2001
DVD Release Date: January 14, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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

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Gloria Monti

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

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Interesting more as an artifact than as an involving story, The Wide Blue Road should still satisfy adventurous art-house audiences.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An enjoyable melodrama.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Another invaluable artifact of cinema history that should be required viewing for anyone with even an ounce of interest in the development of the art form.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A truly lovely film.

Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

I like to make films in which the difficulty of the human condition comes out, because I have a great love for humans and their plight.

Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Arash Xak
Story of a fisherman who TRIES to make a living in an EASIER way...
Walter M.
[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 -… More