In the Name of the Law (1949 film)

In the Name of the Law (or In nome della legge) is a 1949 Italian language mafia drama film directed by Pietro Germi. It Is based on Giuseppe Guido Lo Schiavo's novel Piccola pretura. Federico Fellini co-wrote the script. The style of the film is close to Italian neorealism film movement.

In the Name of Law
Directed byPietro Germi
Produced byLuigi Rovere
Written byPietro Germi
Federico Fellini
Giuseppe Mangione
Aldo Bizzarri
Tullio Pinelli
StarringMassimo Girotti
Saro Urzì
Jone Solinas
Lando Buzzanca
Music byCarlo Rustichelli
CinematographyLeonida Barboni
Edited byRolando Benedetti
Distributed byLux Film
Release date
March 13, 1949
(Italian release)
Running time
100 minutes



The film won 3 Nastro d'Argento: Best Actor (Massimo Girotti), Best Supporting Actor (Saro Urzì) and a special award for Pietro Germi.

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