"Never Take No for an Answer" is based on the story "The Small Miracle" by Paul Gallico. The British-Italian co-production was called "Peppino e Violetta" in Italy. It is about an orphan boy named Peppino who lives in Assisi and who seeks permission from the pope to allow his ailing donkey (Violetta) into the crypt of Saint Francis in the hope of curing him. Much less schmaltzy than one would surmise, the film has some genuine pathos. It is certainly not of the same stature, of course, as another donkey film, "Au Hasard Balthasar" by Robert Bresson. This touching story was one of the few films actually allowed to be shot inside the Vatican. Vittorio Manunta is a remarkable trouper and is the same boy who played alongside Paul Muni in Joseph Losey's "Stranger on the Prowl." A remake of this movie is the one that circulated on American TV as "The Small Miracle." It was made in 1973 and featured Vittorio De Sica and Raf Vallone and was directed by Jeannot Szwarc. This IMDb entry is using, incorrectly, the title of that remake and spreading confusion elsewhere on the internet.
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