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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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Drama, innocence and tenderness by Vittorio de Sica 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:
Pasquale Maggi:[as the film projector is being set up in the boys' prison] In here they feed us, they shelter us, they give us clothes, and they even entertain us. What else could we want? This is paradise!See more »
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Drama, innocence and tenderness by Vittorio de Sica, 25 June 2009
Author: psagray from Spain

In Rome for post-war during the allied occupation, two young shoe shine dream bought a horse. The only way to get the money is using the broad black market, the result of hunger and unemployment. However, the two boys does not have luck, and are arrested and sent to prison. It is an exciting film, written by Cesare Zavattini and Sergio Amidei.. Directed by Vittorio de Sica, is his first important work. Debuted in Italy on April 27 1946, 10 months after the completion of the WWII in Europe is rewarded, in addition, with a nomination to a Oscar (screenplay) and the granting of an honorary Oscar, the first to receive a film abroad. The action takes place in Rome and surrounding area, in the early months of 1946.Vittorio de Sica, after 6 years of experience in the direction of cinema, creates a dramatic but dazzling and very tender.. Develops the narration in terms documentalists, with the purpose of show without artifice and with credibility a tragic reality. With respect and affection is left captivated by the innocence, simplicity and spontaneity natural of some children faced with a tragic fate, and some people of sensitivities broken by years of war and despair. The work is a splendid portrait of the children of the post-war orphans of parents, affections, hospitality, understanding and support. It is a beautiful and devastating testimony spot with emotion that spreads and a pain content. The photography, of Anchise Brizzi is very carefully, and the music by Alessandro College ("bicycle Thieves", De Sica, 1948), is very beautiful and emotional. It is a movie worthy of view.

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