Sacco And Vanzetti

  • 1971
  • Movie
  • GP
  • Historical

The American judicial system has a long and spotted history of convicting and executing those whose political views defy the status quo. One most notorious such trial was that of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants and admitted anarchists who were convicted and sent to the electric chair as a result of the 1920s red scare. This English-dubbed version...read more

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The American judicial system has a long and spotted history of convicting and executing those whose political views defy the status quo. One most notorious such trial was that of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants and admitted anarchists who were convicted and sent to the electric

chair as a result of the 1920s red scare. This English-dubbed version of the tale accurately portrays the facts, with clear sympathy shown towards the two defendants. Cucciolla and Volonte (the latter from A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE) portray the duo, who are brought up on

charges of murder when two employees of a shoe store are killed in a robbery. After a sham trial in which Cucciolla and Volonte are tried more for their politics than for the actual crime, they are found guilty and sentenced to death. The case causes worldwide commotion as literally thousands of

people rally behind them over the course of the next six years. However, despite some evidence of their innocence, Cucciolla and Volonte are executed on August 23, 1927. Though overall an impressive and accurate retelling of this miscarriage of justice, the film is not without its faults. The

major problem is length. Considering the scope of actual time and the myriad events that took place over those seven years, two hours is simply insufficient for the story. Worst of all is an annoying theme song by Joan Baez which is packed with such insincere (and ultimately condescending) lyrics

as, "Here's to you, Sacco and Bart/Something, something forever in my heart." The film is at its strongest when allowed to simply speak for itself. This is a story fraught with natural emotion, portrayed with sincerity and genuine sympathy for its doomed protagonists. In the end, SACCO AND

VANZETTI becomes an eloquent portrait of two simple men swept up in the fury of political self-righteousness, a portrait which is not flattering to the American way of justice, to say the least.

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  • Released: 1971
  • Rating: GP
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