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Release Date:
26 August 1947 (USA) See more »
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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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Heartwrenching commentary on impoverished children's lives, on friendship, corruption and betrayal 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)
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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
 
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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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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Heartwrenching commentary on impoverished children's lives, on friendship, corruption and betrayal, 26 October 1999
Author: nitehawk-8

Since I enrolled in International Cinema at my university, I've had the opportunity to see classic foreign films in the theatre, and it's really opened me up to the genre. I'd have to say that this movie (Shoeshine, in English) struck me as one of the most powerful I've seen yet, a sad, bleak commentary on children's lives in postwar Italy. Shoeshine dealswith a pair of children living on the street, best friends who shine shoes for a living and whose greatest dream is to buy a horse, something they could actually take care of and call their own. Pasquale, the older boy, and Giuseppe, the younger, are drawn into a situation they don't quite understand the weight of. Not knowing that the Italian society is chaotic after the war (when children under ten years old are put into prison for crimes like vagrancy), Pasquale and Giuseppe are coerced into doing a favor for Giuseppe's brother, Attilio Filipucci -- they are to bring and sell smuggled American blankets to a lady fortune-teller for the Filipucci family's profit.

Without warning, police appear at the fortune-teller's house, and question her. The boys are paid not to say anything, and are paid just enough to pool their money and buy the horse. Unfortunately, the fortune-teller has the boys taken from the street and into police custody, where, though claiming not to know anything, are fingerprinted and thrown into a juvenile prison. The prison and events that occur in it force the best friends apart, and the previously light-hearted story turns ugly. The boys' environment corrupts them, and innocence is quickly lost.

Directed by the famous Vittorio De Sica, and with Cesare Zavattini doing his trademark poetic screenplay, Shoeshine definitely deserves its place as one of the first foreign films to with the Oscar of the same name. The Neo-realist De Sica does include some comic relief in the movie, and it's not all serious and depressing... The line from Giuseppe to Pasquale as they're walking up a flight of stairs, "Elevators sure are great," and Pasquale's answer of "Yes, I slept in one for quite a while," is one example.

To say any more would give away the story, and you simply must experience this classic for yourselves. My rating: 9/10.

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