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7 November 1956 (USA) See more »
A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Franco Interlenghi ... Moraldo Rubini

Alberto Sordi ... Alberto

Franco Fabrizi ... Fausto Moretti
Leopoldo Trieste ... Leopoldo Vannucci
Riccardo Fellini ... Riccardo

Leonora Ruffo ... Sandra Rubini (as Eleonora Ruffo)

Jean Brochard ... Francesco Moretti
Claude Farell ... Olga
Carlo Romano ... Michele Curti
Enrico Viarisio ... Signor Rubini
Paola Borboni ... Signora Rubini
Lída Baarová ... Giulia Curti (as Lida Baarowa)
Arlette Sauvage ... La sconosciuta del cinema
Vira Silenti ... Gisella
Maja Niles ... Caterina (as Maja Nipora)
Achille Majeroni ... Sergio Natali
Guido Martufi ... Guido
Silvio Bagolini ... Giudizio
Milvia Chianelli ... L'amica di Riccardo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enzo Andronico ... Un ragazzo al carnevale (uncredited)
Alberto Anselmi ... (uncredited)
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Gustavo De Nardo ... (uncredited)
Graziella De Roc ... (uncredited)
Giovanna Galli ... Ballerina (uncredited)
Franca Gandolfi ... Ballerina (uncredited)
Lilia Landi ... Herself (uncredited)
Gigetta Morano ... La madre di Alberto e Olga (uncredited)
Lino Toffolo ... Un ragazzo al carnevale (uncredited)
Gondrano Trucchi ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Fellini 
Writing credits
Federico Fellini (story) &
Ennio Flaiano (story) (as Ennio Flajano) &
Tullio Pinelli (story)

Federico Fellini (screenplay) &
Ennio Flaiano (screenplay)

Produced by
Jacques Bar .... producer (uncredited)
Mario De Vecchi .... producer (uncredited)
Lorenzo Pegoraro .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Carlo Carlini 
Otello Martelli 
Luciano Trasatti 
Film Editing by
Rolando Benedetti 
Production Design by
Mario Chiari 
Set Decoration by
Luigi Giacosi 
Costume Design by
Margherita Marinari 
Makeup Department
Michele Bomarzi .... makeup artist (as Bomarzi)
Production Management
Danilo Fallani .... assistant production manager
Luigi Giacosi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Moraldo Rossi .... assistant director
Max de Vaucorbeil .... assistant director (as Max De Vaucorbeil)
Stefano Ubezio .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ampelio Ciolfi .... still photographer
Roberto Gerardi .... camera operator (as Roberto Girardi)
Franco Villa .... camera operator
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... conductor
Other crew
Ugo Benvenuti .... production secretary
Ettore Catalucci .... laboratory technician
Narciso Vicario .... script supervisor (as Vicario Narciso)
Jole Fierro .... voice dubbing: Maja Nipora (uncredited)
Gabriella Genta .... voice dubbing: Claude Farell (uncredited)
Adolfo Geri .... voice dubbing: Leopoldo Trieste (uncredited)
Flaminia Jandolo .... voice dubbing: Vira Silenti (uncredited)
Nino Manfredi .... voice dubbing: Franco Fabrizi (uncredited)
Rina Morelli .... voice dubbing: Eleonora Ruffo (uncredited)
Enrico Osterman .... voice dubbing: Jean Brochard (uncredited)
Giusi Raspani Dandolo .... voice dubbing: Paola Borboni (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"I vitelloni" - Italy (original title)
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Argentina:101 min | Germany:100 min | USA:104 min | Italy:107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

For Federico Fellini, vitelloni were "the unemployed of the middle class, mother's pets. They shine during the holiday season, and waiting for it takes up the rest of the year".See more »
Continuity: When Sandra receives the 'Miss Mermaid' sash, it is placed over her left shoulder. Later inside during the storm it is seen to be over her right shoulder.See more »
Sergio Natali:He who cares not for art, cares not for life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Io Cerco la TitinaSee more »


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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Eternal Students, 14 November 2005
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

Somewhere on his way from neo- to sur-, young Federico Fellini had made a "I Vitelloni" (1953), lighthearted, unconventional, bold, and above all entertaining film that tells the story of hopes and miseries of four friends, four young men, "I Vitelloni" in a small seashore province town. "Vitellone" means "idle young person of the provinces, often an eternal student". The title matches its characters very well. They live in the town where nothing much happens; they don't have jobs and spend the money given by their loving families. They have the most ardent hopes and they face the cruel disappointments. They are different - cynical skirt chaser Fausto who is forced to marry a girl pregnant with his baby; the intellectual and ambitious Leopoldo who dreams of becoming a famous writer; the irresponsible "big child" Alberto (Alberto Sordy, the famous comic, absolutely wonderful in his early role), and Moraldo, the only one of the group who in the final scene will leave the town of his childhood to start a new life.

I loved I Vitelloni. Nino Rota's music is above any words (as always) as well as the young director's camera work, the character study and acting. I think of "I Vitelloni" as more realistic and sober "Amarcord" in B/W. One of scenes was absolutely stunning -the carnival - the music, the dancing, the camera's rapid but fluid movements - simply breathtaking.

It is without doubt that Fellini influenced a lot of directors, and there are similarities between "I Vitelloni" and George Lucas' "American Graffiti" and Barry Levinson's "Diner". Stanley Kubrick and Marin Scorsese both named "I Vitelloni" as one of their favorite films.

Highly recommended: 9/10

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