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Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 November 1955 (USA)
An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.



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Complete credited cast:
Maria Pia Casilio ...
Lina Gennari ...
Antonia Belloni
Ileana Simova ...
La donna nella camera di Umberto
Elena Rea ...
La suora all' ospedale
Memmo Carotenuto ...
Il degente all' ospedale


Umberto Ferrari, aged government-pensioner, attends a street demonstration held by his fellow pensioners. The police dispense the crowd and Umberto returns to his cheap furnished room which he shares with his dog Flick. Umberto's lone friend is Maria, servant of the boarding house. She is a simple girl who is pregnant by one of two soldiers and neither will admit to being the father. When Umberto's landlady Antonia demands the rent owed her and threatens eviction if she is not paid, Umberto tries desperately to raise the money by selling his books and watch. He is too proud to beg in the streets and can not get a loan from any of his acquaintances. He contracts a sore throat, is admitted to a hospital and this puts a delay on his financial difficulty. Discharged, he finds that his dog is gone and, following a frantic search, locates him in the city dog pound. His room has been taken over by the landlady and the now-homeless Unberto determines to find a place for his beloved dog, and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Umberto D.  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,664, 17 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$74,308, 22 September 2002
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


The position of Umberto's bag on the seat changes between the scenes whilst he is trying to give Flike way and when he returns from the railway line. See more »


Umberto Domenico Ferrari: Listen, you need to leave as well. There are lots of jobs in Rome. Don't stay here.
Maria, la servetta: She'll kick me out the minute she finds out I'm pregnant.
Umberto Domenico Ferrari: Can't you go back to your hometown?
Maria, la servetta: My father would beat me.
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Have A Good Cry
29 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

An elderly retired civil servant in Rome is about to be forced onto the streets due to the loss of his pension, with only his little dog to comfort him. I'm not even a dog lover and this movie STILL got to me. I rented this on video when I was in high school and my mom ended up watching it with me. The ending (which I won't spoil for those who haven't seen it yet) is the only time I can remember when we have both been crying at the same time during a movie. This is truly a beautiful film and I have to see again soon.

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