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One of the most notorious American judicial cases of the 20th century is paced and photographed like a spaghetti Western in the Italian Sacco and Vanzetti. There is no denying that Nicola Sacco (Riccardo Cucciolla) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (Gian Maria Volontè) were anarchists. But it is highly doubtful that Sacco and Vanzetti were guilty of murder. However, their trial took place at the height of the 1920s "Red Scare," so there was little opportunity for the two men to receive fair treatment. Despite worldwide protests from politicians, intellectuals, and "average Joes," Sacco and Vanzetti were executed on August 23, 1927, after spending nearly seven years on death row. Like most TV and film accounts of this story, Sacco and Vanzetti is clearly sympathetic to the main characters. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Cannes Film Festival Riccardo Cucciolla Best Actor 1971 Winner

Cast

Armenia Balducci
Paul Sheriff
Riccardo Cucciolla
as Nicola Sacco
Rosanna Fratello
as Rosa Sacco
William Prince
as Defense Lawyer William Thompson
Cyril Cusack
as Frederick Katzmann
Milo O'Shea
as Defense Lawyer Fred Moore
Gian Maria Volontè
as Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Claude Mann
as Journalist
Edward Jewesbury
Geoffrey Keen
as Judge Webster Thayer
Giacomo Piperno

Crew

Giuliano Montaldo
Director
George Papi
Producer
Giorgio Papi
Producer
Harry Colombo
Producer
Arrigo Colombo
Producer
Ottavio Jemma
Screenwriter
Fabrizio Onofri
Screenwriter
Giuliano Montaldo
Screenwriter
Silvano Ippoliti
Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Joan Baez
Songwriter
Nino Baragli
Editor
Aurelio Crugnola
Art Director
Enrico Sabbatini
Costume Designer
Joan Baez
Singer
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