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Shoeshine (1946) More at IMDbPro »Sciuscià (original title)

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Shoeshine -- Hoping to escape the harsh reality of life on the streets of Rome, Giuseppe and Pasquale spend their days shining the shoes of American troops for tips.  But after the boys are sent to a brutal state juvenile detention center for a crime they didn't commit, their lives are changed forever.
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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Amidei (story) &
Adolfo Franci (story) ...
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Release Date:
26 August 1947 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Another treat from De Sica See more (18 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 (story) &
Adolfo Franci (story) &
Cesare Giulio Viola (story) (as Cesare G. Viola) &
Cesare Zavattini (story)

Sergio Amidei (screenplay) &
Adolfo Franci (screenplay) &
Cesare Giulio Viola (screenplay) (as Cesare G. Viola) &
Cesare Zavattini (screenplay)

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" - 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:
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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Another treat from De Sica, 23 May 2011
Author: pathaniav from United States

I have watched the unforgettable and justifiably renowned Bicycle Thief, and the impressive Umberto D. I had long been wanting to watch Shoeshine and finally saw it last evening, enjoying it as movies are meant to be enjoyed - on a big home screen with my new projector. The movie starts on a perky note - two boys, close friends, exuberant at having bought a horse they both love. One is almost lulled into thinking that this will be a buoyant movie about friendship and a horse. It turns out to be several shades darker. It is De Sica's genius that he can pull you in so quickly and make you feel such strong empathy for the two boys as they are brutalized by life within a short span of a few days; their friendship souring and spiraling down towards an ominous end. Be warned, this is a depressing movie. But it is a gem nonetheless, and I know that several scenes will remained etched in my mind forever. In particular, De Sica captures in a starkly beautiful manner the quicksilver bonding and the territorial rivalries of the boys trapped in a bleak Dickens' style detention center. A must watch for any fan of that strain of Italian cinema from the 1940s and 50s.

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