Il Brigante Musolino (1951)

Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Amedeo Nazzari stars as Peppe Musolino, a good-natured woodcutter wrongly accused of murder. Sentenced to 20 years in prison, Musolino escapes to wreak vengeance upon the actual culprit. In the process, he develops a reputation as a bloodthirsty bandit, knocking off the witnesses who perjured themselves on behalf of the real murderer. Filmed on location in the Calabrian Hills, Il Briganto Musolino is nothing if not exciting, thanks to the directorial know-how of veteran helmsman Mario Camerini. The film served to introduce American audiences to formidable Italian leading lady Silvana Mangano.