The Brotherhood (1968)

96 mins | Melodrama | 1968

Director:

Martin Ritt

Producer:

Kirk Douglas

Cinematographer:

Boris Kaufman

Editor:

Frank Bracht

Production Designer:

Tambi Larsen

Production Company:

Brotherhood Co.
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HISTORY

Filmed on location in New York City and in Sicily. ...

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Filmed on location in New York City and in Sicily.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Martin Ritt Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2nd unit dir
Asst dir for Sicilian locations
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
Art dir for Sicilian locations
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Scenic artist
Set dresser for Sicilian locations
COSTUMES
Cost des
Men's ward
Women's ward
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Tech supv
Key grip
SOURCES
SONGS
"Moon River," words and music by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini; "Tarantella Abballa Abballa," words and music by Ignazio Privitera.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1968
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 Dec 1968
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Brotherhood Co.
28 August 1968
LP36835
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
96
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Following his discharge from the Army, Vince Ginetta, a young Italian-American, marries his girl friend, Emma, and at their wedding celebration a Sicilian folk song, "Vitti 'na Crozza," is sung. He then goes to work for the Mafia in New York City as a bookkeeper. Obviously pleased by the decision is Vince's older brother, Frank, a syndicate board member who adheres to old customs and opposes expanding into new activities such as electronics unions. Despite their mutual affection, the two brothers clash when Frank vetoes any involvement that might cause trouble with the Federal government. As Vince's father-in-law, Bertolo, who is also a board member, instigates a move to replace Frank with his brother, deposed Mafia leader Don Peppino tells Frank that his father and 40 other loyal Mafia members were betrayed by Bertolo and massacred by the new regime. Compelled by tradition to avenge the killings, Frank brutally murders Bertolo and flees to Sicily with his wife, Ida, and his daughter, Carmela. When Vince arrives sometime later, Frank readily understands that his brother has been assigned to murder him in order to test his loyalty to the Mafia. After saying goodby to his wife, Frank takes Vince for a walk and hands him a rifle that belonged to their father. Fully aware that Vince's family will be murdered if he fails to carry out his assignment, Frank kisses his brother and asks for the fatal bullet. Once he has killed his brother, Vince permits Frank's chauffeur to drive him to the ...

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Following his discharge from the Army, Vince Ginetta, a young Italian-American, marries his girl friend, Emma, and at their wedding celebration a Sicilian folk song, "Vitti 'na Crozza," is sung. He then goes to work for the Mafia in New York City as a bookkeeper. Obviously pleased by the decision is Vince's older brother, Frank, a syndicate board member who adheres to old customs and opposes expanding into new activities such as electronics unions. Despite their mutual affection, the two brothers clash when Frank vetoes any involvement that might cause trouble with the Federal government. As Vince's father-in-law, Bertolo, who is also a board member, instigates a move to replace Frank with his brother, deposed Mafia leader Don Peppino tells Frank that his father and 40 other loyal Mafia members were betrayed by Bertolo and massacred by the new regime. Compelled by tradition to avenge the killings, Frank brutally murders Bertolo and flees to Sicily with his wife, Ida, and his daughter, Carmela. When Vince arrives sometime later, Frank readily understands that his brother has been assigned to murder him in order to test his loyalty to the Mafia. After saying goodby to his wife, Frank takes Vince for a walk and hands him a rifle that belonged to their father. Fully aware that Vince's family will be murdered if he fails to carry out his assignment, Frank kisses his brother and asks for the fatal bullet. Once he has killed his brother, Vince permits Frank's chauffeur to drive him to the airport.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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