Guappi, I (1974, ITA) C-122m. ** D: Pasquale Squitieri. Starring Claudia Cardinale, Franco Nero, Fabio Testi, Lina Polito, Raymond Pellegrin, Rita Forzano. Ambitious historical drama about lawyer Nero, who returns to his hometown of Naples only to find his old district dominated by the Guappi family, one of the mafia's long arms. Former friend Testi is the patriarch, and soon his mistress Cardinale finds herself drawn to the man who could bring about her lover's downfall. Long, talky, uneven, but flavorful, earnestly acted and with an excellent score by Franco and Gigi Campanino. Uncut version might run as long as 130m. English title: BLOOD BROTHERS.


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