The Brotherhood

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

Casting and fine performances make this a truly distinguished film, even if the subject matter, which deals with the home life and internal workings of the Mafia, sometimes revolts in its straining after the sympathy of the viewer. Douglas is a middle-aged career crook, dedicated to the old ways of the Mafia, who finds himself at odds with his ambitious...read more

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Casting and fine performances make this a truly distinguished film, even if the subject matter, which deals with the home life and internal workings of the Mafia, sometimes revolts in its straining after the sympathy of the viewer. Douglas is a middle-aged career crook, dedicated to the

old ways of the Mafia, who finds himself at odds with his ambitious younger brother, Cord. When Cord broaches plans for Douglas to become a "modern" criminal by using sophisticated techniques of big business--stock control of companies, legitimate investments, and particularly a takeover of the

electronics and space industry--Douglas vetoes the plan. This leads Cord's father-in-law, Adler, to start a move to replace Douglas. Douglas learns that it was Adler who was behind the death of his father years earlier and he brutally murders Adler, then flees with his wife and daughter to Sicily.

Cord, playing the new generation hood to perfection, urbanely and coldly, gets the assignment to kill his brother. As the film's producer as well as its star, Douglas deserves praise on a number of counts, not excluding the excellence of casting. The old men who play mafia veterans look like

old-style gangsters, especially Ciannelli, a character actor for almost 40 years appearing in the film at 87 shortly before he died. The technicolor printing emphasized darker tones which gives the production a documentary flavor.

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