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Never Take No for an Answer (1951)

The Small Miracle (original title)
Peppino will walk all the way to Rome to see the Holy Father.


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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Manunta ...
Denis O'Dea ...
Father Damico
Guido Celano ...
Nerio Bernardi ...
Father Superior
Henri Vidon ...
Monk (as Harry Weedon)
Edward Hitchcock ...
Old Workman
Frank Coulson ...
Dr. Bartolo
Eliso della Vedova ...
Sergente dei Carabinieri
Carlo Borelli ...
Giorgio Riganti ...
Mrs. Strotti
Roberto Adamina ...
Riccardo Foti ...
Monsignor Magana
John Murphy ...
Father O'Brien
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Sergeant of Swiss Guards


Peppino ,the endearing young hero of this beautiful fable,although he is a priest's friend ,is not understood by the almighty clergy:his donkey is ill,and he does believe that Saint Francis Of Assisi (Peppino lives in Assisi)can cure his pet. After all,He did heal his pal's kitten ;but to get a donkey into a crypt comes against a refusal .Nevertheless, the boy never takes no for an answer and he will walk all the way to Rome to see the Holy Father. Written by dbdumonteil

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28 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Never Take No for an Answer  »

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Alternate-language version of Peppino e Violetta (1951) See more »

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Beloved donkey.
31 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

"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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