Dropout (film)

Dropout is a 1970 Italian romantic drama directed by Tinto Brass. It stars real-life couple, Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave. They also worked with Brass a year later on the drama La vacanza. Dropout was released in France on December 18, 1970, followed by a theatrical release in Italy on February 22, 1971.

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Directed byTinto Brass
Produced byFranco Nero
Written byTinto Brass
Roberto Lerici
Franco Longo
StarringFranco Nero
Vanessa Redgrave
Gigi Proietti
Frank Windsor
Music byDon Fraser
CinematographySilvano Ippoliti
Edited byTinto Brass
Release date
December 18, 1970
February 22, 1971
United States:
January, 1975
Running time
109 min


Mary (Redgrave) is a disillusioned English banker’s wife who meets a troubled Italian immigrant, Bruno (Nero).[1] Mary is captivated by Bruno and they set off on a voyage together. In the course of their voyage, they meet a series of society's dropouts; the unemployed, drug addicts, drag queens, alcoholics and anarchists. They both learn a great deal about life from these misfits.[2]



Carlo Ponti had originally agreed to produce the film but when he pulled out, Brass, Nero and Redgrave decided to cover the production costs themselves. Subsequently, shooting commenced on 1 June 1970.[2]


  1. Trader Witcombe, Ric (1982). The new Italian cinema: studies in dance and despair. Oxford University Press.
  2. Dropout (the works of Tinto Brass) Tinto Brass Collection. Retrieved on August 27

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