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Release Date:
26 August 1947 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Un milagro como no conoció el cine en los 50 años de su historia! [Spanish poster.]
Plot:
Two shoeshine boys in postwar Rome, Italy, save up to buy a horse, but their involvement as dupes in a burglary lands them in juvenile prison where the experience take a devastating toll on their friendship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
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Like so many of De Sica's films of the era, not necessarily enjoyable but brilliantly made. See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Franco Interlenghi ... Pasquale Maggi
Rinaldo Smordoni ... Giuseppe Filippucci
Annielo Mele ... Raffaele
Bruno Ortenzi ... Arcangeli
Emilio Cigoli ... Staffera
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pacifico Astrologo ... Vittorio (uncredited)
Maria Campi ... Palmist (uncredited)
Antonio Carlino ... L'Abruzzese (uncredited)
Angelo D'Amico ... Siciliano (uncredited)
Francesco De Nicola ... Ciriola (uncredited)
Enrico De Silva ... Giorgio (uncredited)
Claudio Ermelli ... Nurse (uncredited)
Leo Garavaglia ... Inspector (uncredited)
Antonio Lo Nigro ... Righetto (uncredited)
Antonio Nicotra ... Social worker (uncredited)
Anna Pedoni ... Nannarella (uncredited)
Gino Saltamerenda ... Il panza (uncredited)
Irene Smordoni ... Giuseppe's mother (uncredited)
Peppino Spadaro ... Lawyer Bonavino (uncredited)
Mario Volpicelli ... Prison principal (uncredited)

Directed by
Vittorio De Sica 
 
Writing credits
Sergio Amidei  &
Adolfo Franci  &
Cesare Giulio Viola  (as Cesare G. Viola) &
Cesare Zavattini 

Produced by
Paolo William Tamburella .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alessandro Cicognini 
 
Cinematography by
Anchise Brizzi 
 
Film Editing by
Niccolò Lazzari  (as Nicolò Lazzari)
 
Production Design by
Ivo Battelli 
Giulio Lombardozzi  (as G. Lombardozzi)
 
Production Management
Nino Ottavi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmo De Sica .... second assistant director
Argi Rovelli .... second assistant director
Umberto Scarpelli .... assistant director
Armando W. Tamburella .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tullo Parmegiani .... sound (as Tullio Parmegiani)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elio Paccara .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Franco Serino .... production assistant
Herman G. Weinberg .... subtitler: English
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sciuscià (Ragazzi)" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1953) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2006) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The title is a Napulitan corruption of the English word "shoe-shiner."See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Anucci:Boy! I've told you enough times not to leave the horse unattended.
Giuseppe Filippucci:But that's not a horse, it's a small table.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Il tassinaro (1983)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Like so many of De Sica's films of the era, not necessarily enjoyable but brilliantly made., 21 May 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I am a huge admirer of the films directed by Vittorio De Sica during the 1940s. Using what is referred to as the 'neo-realist' style, he was able to craft many brilliant classics using ordinary folks in ordinary situations. So, without stage-bound sets and professional actors, he was able to make films superior to Hollywood--and among the best films ever. Try watching "The Children Are Watching Us", "Umberto D"or "Miracle in Milan" and you'll see what I am talking about--brilliant and compelling fro start to finish. The only negative about the films is that sometimes they can be incredibly depressing--and that is certainly the case with "Umberto D" and "Shoeshine". Depressing, but also amazing.

Like the other neo-realist films, this one stars very ordinary folks--lots of kids--not professionals. Considering how hard it is to get realistic portrayals from kids, he really has to be commended for this. And, like this style of film, it was shot throughout Rome in various locations--not sets. And in the process, De Sica really hit a home run--chronicling a very sad period in Italian history.

The film is set in Allied occupied Italy circa 1944. Folks are poor and hungry and jobs are hard to come by. Amidst this poverty, two kids (Pasquale and Guiseppe) are inexplicably saving all the money they can to buy a horse! And so, they take odd jobs, shine shoes and scramble to make a buck. When they are nearing their goal, they are tricked into doing a 'simple' job for Giuseppe's brother--and get arrested for stealing blankets from the Allied forces. Surprisingly, despite their age and how non-serious their crime appeared to be, the two are dealt with VERY harshly and are sent to a god-awful juvenile prison--where starvation and neglect are the norm. Most of the film is set in this awful place and it's a fascinating historical portrait of this period of time in recent history. I could say a lot more about what happens there but I don't want to spoil the surprise. Suffice to say, it's all very tragic--and you might want to have some Kleenex nearby just in case.

The biggest strength of the film is the realistic acting by all the kids. You don't get the impression they are acting but that really are kids sent to prison. Also, although this might put some off, the story's insistence that it NOT have a nice happy ending is also a plus. Although I don't want a steady supply of depressing movies, I love that the film was not afraid to be sad in order to tell the story effectively. Well worth seeing and if you enjoy this film, I suggest you then try "The Children Are Watching Us" next--it is, in my opinion, De Sica at his directorial finest.

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