The Brotherhood

Overview

In Martin Ritt's The Brotherhood, Kirk Douglas plays Frank Ginetta, an old-line Mafioso who resents the newer policies encouraged by his younger brother Vince Alex Cord. Frank resists all attempts at modernizing his operation, whereupon Vince cajoles his father-in-law Dominick Bertolo Luther Adler to spearhead an inter-mob rebellion. Summing up Bertolo as a rat and a liar, Frank has the man murdered in a graphically brutal fashion. It is up to Vince to exact retribution by killing his own brother. Lewis John ...
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Overview

In Martin Ritt's The Brotherhood, Kirk Douglas plays Frank Ginetta, an old-line Mafioso who resents the newer policies encouraged by his younger brother Vince Alex Cord. Frank resists all attempts at modernizing his operation, whereupon Vince cajoles his father-in-law Dominick Bertolo Luther Adler to spearhead an inter-mob rebellion. Summing up Bertolo as a rat and a liar, Frank has the man murdered in a graphically brutal fashion. It is up to Vince to exact retribution by killing his own brother. Lewis John Carlino's screenplay includes many of the elements that would gain legendary status upon the release of The Godfather, including the dreaded "kiss of death." Star Kirk Douglas also served as producer.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although its reputation can't help but pale in comparison to the cultural juggernaut that is The Godfather, this earlier mafia film infuses a simpler tale with similar moral complexity. Kirk Douglas and Alex Cord turn in fine performances as Frank and Vince, a pair of orphaned Mafia princes who find themselves on opposite sides of an internecine struggle with modernization. Like many gangster movies, The Brotherhood serves as an extended metaphor of the immigrant experience. Frank, with his long-suffering Italian wife (an impressive Irene Papas), represents the first generation while Vince, with his deliberately bland American bride (Susan Strasberg), embodies the second. Vince may immerse himself in an increasingly scientific approach to white-collar crime while Frank retreats to his Sicilian homeland, but their conflict inevitably gets settled the old-fashioned way. With its flashback structure, Lewis John Carlino's script extracts an air of escalating tension even from the film's opening scenes. The violence, when it occurs, is unsettling precisely because of its scarcity and intensity. The cinematography, by Amerigo Gengarelli and Boris Kaufman, may seem downright cheerful by today's post-Coppola, post-Sopranos standards. But by thrusting his film's abrupt denouement into the sun-kissed merriment of a family celebration, director Martin Ritt underscores the simultaneous pull and powerlessness of tradition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • UPC: 883316752760
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Paramount (Pmt)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,733

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Frank
Alex Cord Vince
Irene Papas Ida
Luther Adler Bertolo
Susan Strasberg Emma
Murray Hamilton Egan
Eduardo Ciannelli Don Peppino
Joe de Santis Pietro
Connie Scott Carmelo Ginetta
Val Avery Jake
Val Bisoglio Cheech
Alan Hewitt Sol Levin
Barry Primus Vido
Michele Cimarosa Toto
Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director
Frank Bracht Editor
Lewis John Carlino Screenwriter
Kirk Douglas Producer
Amerigo Gengarelli Cinematographer
Jack C. Jacobsen Sound/Sound Designer
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
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