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5 Branded Women (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 15 March 1960 (USA)
Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Ugo Pirro (novel), Ivo Perilli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Silvana Mangano ... Jovanka
Jeanne Moreau ... Ljuba
Vera Miles ... Daniza
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Marja
Carla Gravina ... Mira
Van Heflin ... Velko
Richard Basehart ... Captain Eric Reinhardt
Harry Guardino ... Branco
Alex Nicol ... Svenko
Steve Forrest ... Sargeant Paul Keller
Gérard Herter ... Col. von Elm
Romolo Valli ... Mirko
Sidney Clute ... Milan
Teresa Pellati Teresa Pellati ... Boja
Pietro Germi ... Partisan commander
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Storyline

Yugoslav partisans grimly crop the hair of a village quintet of women believed to have consorted with the occupational Nazis. Four, for various reasons, have indeed - and their seducer is a lone, swaggering sergeant whom the partisans briskly emasculate. Escorted out of town by the sheepish Nazis, the forlorn ladies link up, patriotically and romantically, with a band of tough mountain guerrillas. Written by alfiehitchie

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Another good one from the maker of "War and Peace"! See more »

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Drama | War

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Italy | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Five Branded Women See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Initially, Gina Lollobrigida was supposed to star in the film as Jovanka. See more »

Goofs

When the 5 women are bathing near the waterfall the dark haired women is shown putting in her sweater with no underwear. A few seconds later she is shown from the back and the outline of her bra can be seen under her sweater. See more »

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Referenced in Delighting in Contrasts (2005) See more »

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A true "guilty" pleasure!
1 November 1999 | by N.L.See all my reviews

From the same director who brought us "Norma Rae" this classic World War II "resistance band fights guerilla warfare against Nazis in the snowywoods" has an interesting twist: they're all women and decked out in leather bomber jackets, crew cuts and machine guns.

Jeanne Moreau, Barbara Bel Geddes, Silvana Mangano, and Vera Miles - all shaved, humiliated, and thrown out of their peasant villages for sleeping with the enemy - now have taken arms against that enemy, but the "real" resistance doesn't want them. So these women must fight the men who are against them AND the men who are supposedly on their side, as well as each other.

Melodrama, to be sure, but different enough and with a fascinating sub-text, that it has become a "guilty" pleasure.


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