We Still Kill the Old Way

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We Still Kill the Old Way
We Still Kill the Old Way.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Elio Petri
Produced by Giuseppe Zaccariello
Written by Jean Curtelin
Elio Petri
Ugo Pirro
Leonardo Sciascia
Starring Gian Maria Volontè
Music by Luis Enriquez Bacalov
Cinematography Luigi Kuveiller
Edited by Ruggero Mastroianni
Release date
  • 22 February 1967 (1967-02-22)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

We Still Kill the Old Way (Italian: A ciascuno il suo) is a 1967 Italian crime film directed by Elio Petri. It was entered into the 1967 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best Screenplay.[1] It is based on the novel To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia.


The death threats against the local pharmacist Arturo Manno do not surprise any of his friends because he is a known womanizer in his small town. They do not take him seriously until Manno, together with his friend Dr. Antonio Roscio are killed during a hunting party early morning. Suspicion falls on a father and two brothers of a 16-year-old girl who supposedly had relations with Manno. But Professor Laurana, who had seen one of the letters of extortion, does not believe in the guilt of these illiterates from a rundown neighborhood since the letters of the anonymous notes have been made with clippings from the Osservatore Romano - a Christian newspaper that has few subscribers in the area.

He asks his lawyer friend Rosello to take care of the prisoners, and begins his own research, also motivated by his secret love for the widow of the murdered man - Luisa Roscio. His trail leads him to Palermo, but he realizes that Luisa Roscio does not reciprocate his feelings and that his detective work has some incomprehension. He only briefly survives the isolation from Luisa because he is murdered and his body disappears. Life in his native village continues unchanged, supported by the close link between Luisa Roscio and the lawyer Rosello.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: We Still Kill the Old Way". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 8 March 2009. 

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