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Miracle in Milan (1951)
"Miracolo a Milano" (original title)

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An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Emma Gramatica ...
Francesco Golisano ...
Paolo Stoppa ...
Guglielmo Barnabò ...
Brunella Bovo ...
Edvige
Anna Carena ...
Marta, la signora altezzosa
Alba Arnova ...
La statua che prende vita
Flora Cambi ...
L'innamorata infelice
Virgilio Riento ...
Il sergente delle guardie
Arturo Bragaglia ...
Alfredo
Erminio Spalla ...
Gaetano
Riccardo Bertazzolo ...
L'atleta
Checco Rissone ...
Il comandante in secondo (as Francesco Rissone)
Angelo Prioli ...
Il comandante in primo
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An old woman finds a baby among the cauliflowers in her garden. She takes care of the orphan, and calls him Totò. When she dies, he is sent to an orphanage, which he leaves as a teenager. When Totò goes out in the world, he expects everyone to be open-hearted as himself, but it isn't so. Without belongings and a place to live, he soon turns up among other homeless people, living scattered in boxes and cement pipes on a vast, barren field outside Milano. With his energy and enthusiasm Totò quickly engages the outcasts in transforming the place into a small shanty town. The eccentric misfits are turned into a warm-hearted community. But among them is an egoist, a traitor. When squirts of oil suddenly springs up from the ground, he sneaks away and informs the wealthy Mr. Mobbi about it, who buys the land and tries to get rid of the outcasts. At this crucial moment, the spirit of Totò's dead mother appears, and gives him a magic dove. With its magic power he fulfills all wishes of the ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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An impudent, riotous laugh on the lives and morals of our day!

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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17 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Cesare Zavattini originally wrote this script in 1940. It was later published as a novel called "Toto the Good". See more »

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picture of a state of soul
9 April 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

lovely. it is first word about this film. fantastic, tender, gentle, dream, it is a sentimental gem. and this is important for a gray , cold world. parable, social manifesto in sweet colors, fairy tale, it is a piece of clay for its viewer. because it is difficult to define it. so, essential is the warm emotion. the performance of Emma Gramatica. and extraordinary Toto in which the young Francesco Golisano gives all pure nuances of life joy. after many years from first meeting, it is not exactly one of my favorites but ideal drug for gloomy days. a different de Sica, it is shining and naive. or, only, isle for the short escape after stressful moments. a kind of Life is wonderful but with little substantial dose of miracle flavor.maybe, a form of Charlot universe slice. like return in childhood womb.


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