Down and Dirty (film)  

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Brutti, sporchi e cattivi (English title: Ugly, Dirty and Bad) is an Italian language film directed by Ettore Scola and released in 1976.

It won the Prix de la Mise en scène at Cannes Film Festival. Nino Manfredi plays the protagonist.


The film tells the grotesque story of a large family living in an extremely poor bidonville of the periphery of Rome. The protagonist is one-eyed patriarch Giacinto (Manfredi). Four generations of his sons and relatives are cramped together in his shack, managing to get by mainly on thieving and whoring, among other things more or less respectable.

With unclear moves, Giacinto has managed to put aside a large sum. Moved by greed, the whole family (including his wife, betrayed by Giacinto with a fat prostitute) try to poison him in order to take the money. However, Giacinto survives. In a frenzied assault, he sets fire to his home and shoots one of his sons with a hunting rifle (the son survives).

In the meantime Giacinto has sold the house to a Neapolitan immigrant family. The film ends with Giacinto living in a new, exceedingly crowded shack with both mistress and wife, together with an apparently reconciliated family and the newcomers as well.

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