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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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
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User Reviews:
Brilliantly plotted but rough execution. 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 Promise Her Anything (1965)See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly plotted but rough execution., 21 September 2013
Author: Sergeant_Tibblash from Suffolk, England

After Umberto D. and The Bicycle Thieves, I was loving Vittorio De Sica. His neo-realism films are heartbreaking and ring true to the human spirit. He almost has a free pass to make my top directors list, I just got to fill his next 3 spots. In retrospect, Shoeshine has brilliant plotting and characterisation. It takes emotionally motivated turns and has well constructed cruel ironies. Unfortunately, it struggles with its execution. It's not as tightly edited or shot as his two later films, often making scenes confusing and key plot points are missed. The score and performances, of which I recognise are from amateurs, can be too melodramatic. Its atmosphere ends up feeling inauthentic. Umberto and Bicycle were great for their subdued portrayals of inner pain, I wish Shoeshine was the same. I would love to rank this film among those two as its screenplay is really great but both the crew in front and behind camera let it down. Still has a punch though and gets more engaging as it goes along. Great decision to have most of the film take place in that great set of a juvenile prison.

7/10

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