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Based on the story of Franca Viola and Filippo Melodia. In Sicily, as a Mafia boss leaves for prison, he advises Vito, a young man who's his potential successor, to marry a virtuous and poor woman. Vito's eye settles on Francesca, only 15, but lovely and self-possessed. Among her virtues are high self worth and forthright speech, so although she falls in love with Vito, she won't bow down to him. Believing he's losing face, he has his boys kidnap her and he rapes her. Then, he tells her he'll still marry her. Instead, she files charges. Her parents, brother, and neighbors refuse to support her. Will she break?

  1. Damiano Damiani

    Director, Writer

  2. Sofia Scandurra


  3. Enrico Ribulsi


Top Billed Cast

  1. Ornella Muti

    Ornella Muti


  2. Alessio Orano

    Alessio Orano

    Vito Juvara

  3. Tano Cimarosa

    Tano Cimarosa

    Gaetano Cimarosa

  4. Enzo Andronico

    Enzo Andronico


  5. Joe Sentieri

    Joe Sentieri


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The Most Beautiful Wife
The Most Beautiful Wife


Original Title La moglie piĆ¹ bella

Status Released

Release Information

  • March 12, 1970


    All ages admitted.

Original Language Italian

Runtime 1h 48m

Budget -

Revenue -



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