Vittorio "Accattone" Cataldi lives a criminal life on the edges of society in the poorer parts of Rome. He has a wife and a son but does not live with them. He makes his living as a pimp, but Maddalena is his only prostitute and when she ends up in prison, he finds himself without an income and is forced to beg for food. Accattone starts thinking about getting a real job for the sake of his son, but then he meets the young Stella and falls in love with her. Accattone is the debut feature film of Pier Paolo Pasolini and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Foreign Actor for Franco Citti in the role of Accattone.