Squarcio is a provincial fisherman who expedites his daily catch through the illegal use of dynamite. The other villagers disapprove of Squarcio’s methods, but they refuse to turn him into the authorities.
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Pontecorvo's first full feature is reminiscent of Visconti's"La Terra Terms"(1948),but done in more melodramatic style.However,like his later films it retains a social and political Neorealist edge.The story is based upon a novel by screenwriter Franco Solinas,who continued to work with Pontecorvo on films like "The Battle Of Algiers"(1966).He also worked on Rossi's "Salvatore Giuliano"(1962)and other political films