An American in Rome (1954)
"Un americano a Roma" (original title)

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Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in the early '50s Roma. He is completely crazy for everything that comes from the States. He tries to speak American-English (the most funny ever), ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Pia Casilio ...
Ilse Peterson ...
Molly (as Ilse Petersen)
Anita Durante ...
Madre di Nando
Giulio Calì ...
Padre di Nando
Galeazzo Benti ...
Fred Buonanotte
Carlo Delle Piane ...
Cicalone Romolo
Rocco D'Assunta ...
Ivy Nicholson ...
Amica di Molly (as Ivy Nicolson)
Charles Fawcett ...
Mr. Brooks
Caterine Alcajde ...
Ballerina dell'avanspettacolo
Archibald L. Lyall ...
L'ambasciatore (as Arcibaldo Layall)
Vincenzo Talarico ...
L'onorabile Borgiano
Luigi Giacosi ...
Salvo Libassi ...
Tullio, radiotecnico


Nando Moriconi is a young Italian living in the early '50s Roma. He is completely crazy for everything that comes from the States. He tries to speak American-English (the most funny ever), to wear like he thinks Americans do, to walk like John Wayne (!), trying to eat cornflakes with ketchup... His life is a complete parody of the real American way of life, which he couldn't ever get. Nando's, not so secret, dream is to go to the USA. To get it he goes to the Coliseum and threats to suicide if American Embassy don't give him the visa. But at this point Nando is very well known as a 'crazy-for-USA' boy and the troubles he provoked in the past, couldn't help him. Written by 1felco

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10 December 1954 (Italy)  »

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An American in Rome  »

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In 2008, the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved (100 film italiani da salvare). The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") in the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. See more »


A white towel covering Alberto Sordi's private area is seen at the bottom edge of the screen during the nude modeling scene. See more »


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freewheelin' Nando!
21 June 2003 | by (Venezia, Italy) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most famous and loved pictures of the late Alberto Sordi. He plays the role of Nando Meniconi, a young man crazy about U.S.A., in line with the post-war attraction for the country that wins the comflict and "free" Italy. Wearing in denim with a basketball hat, crazy about Joe DiMaggio, Nando is a living danger for all is around him; parents, girlfriend, occasional partners. The plot is confused and low budget; some of the situations are only a veichle for the non-stop improvisative vein of the master actor but this movie is very memorable because is Sordi state-of-art. This is a portrait in which a lot of italians would be recognized. And, if you know italian language, you can laugh all the time. Is a counterpoint for the neorealism school; where you have realism and social critic here you have innocent but funny and realistic parody of costumes and mentality of the italian boys of the '50; chewing gum, toy guns and...hopes for a far, young, winner land...Noew is different but I think that America craze exist the same today!!! w Nando and his spaghetti!!!

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