|Robert De Niro||Alfredo Berlinghieri|
|Gérard Depardieu||Olmo Dalco (as Gerard Depardieu)|
|Dominique Sanda||Ada Fiastri Paulhan|
|Donald Sutherland||Attila Mellanchini|
|Burt Lancaster||The old patron - Alfreds granddad|
|Stefania Sandrelli||Anita Foschi|
This expansive period drama follows two childhood friends in northern Italy during the early 20th century. Alfredo Berlinghieri and Olmo Dalcò grow up as close companions despite their class differences. However, they drift apart as adults, Alfredo embracing his landowning heritage and Olmo championing workers' rights. As the years go by, they see the rise of fascism in their country, and eventually their values find them directly in conflict.