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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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Cast

Cast overview:
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Maria Pia Casilio ...
Maria, la servetta
Lina Gennari ...
Antonia Belloni - la padrona di case
Ileana Simova ...
La donna nella camera di Umberto
Elena Rea ...
La suora all' ospedale
Memmo Carotenuto ...
Il degente all' ospedale
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Storyline

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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7 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Humberto D.  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,664 (USA) (17 May 2002)

Gross:

$74,308 (USA) (20 September 2002)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

About an hour into the film Gian Lorenzo Bernini's monumental sculpture "Elephant and Obelisk" (1667) makes a prominent appearance. In November 2016 the statue was damaged in an act of vandalism that aroused worldwide condemnation. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Maria, la servetta: Can you see anything, Mr. Umberto?
Umberto Domenico Ferrari: No, nothing.
Maria, la servetta: You can a little. Did you know I'm pregnant?
Umberto Domenico Ferrari: My God. And you say it just like that?
Maria, la servetta: How do you want me to say it?
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References Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949) See more »

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great film
7 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very touching and wrenching film. It is indeed hard to watch because everyone is so dismissive of Umberto. But people can be like that, especially in desperate times, such as post war Italy when all the money was going to rebuild churches, not feed people. Better for proud hard working Umberto to put on a brave face and quietly disappear so nobody has to worry about him or be concerned about him. At the end he did find that he and Flike still had each other, this little dog didn't care if Umberto had any pride left or not, he loved him just the same. And Umberto needed him to be reminded of the simple joys in life. A very profound and moving film.


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