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Adua e le compagne -- Four unemployed prostitutes attempt to open a restaurant in this comedy.


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Ruggero Maccari (screenplay)
Ruggero Maccari (story)
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Release Date:
16 September 1960 (Italy) See more »
When a brothel closes because of new laws, four of the prostitutes decide to go into business running a restaurant. They discover they cannot escape their past. | Add synopsis »
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There are so many moments where this could easily have become sentimental and doesn't See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)

Simone Signoret ... Adua Giovannetti

Sandra Milo ... Lolita

Emmanuelle Riva ... Marilina (as Emmanuele Riva)
Gina Rovere ... Caterina Zellero, detta Milly
Claudio Gora ... Ercoli
Ivo Garrani ... L'Avvocato - Adua's ex-customer
Gianrico Tedeschi ... Stefano
Antonio Rais ... Emilio
Duilio D'Amore ... Brother Michele
Valeria Fabrizi ... Fosca (as Valeria Fabrizzi)
Luciana Gilli ... Dora - Piero's lover (as Gloria Gilli)
Enzo Maggio ... Calypso - Stefano's colleague
Roberto Meloni (as Roberto Melone)
Nando Angelini ... (credit only)

Marcello Mastroianni ... Piero Salvagni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfredo Adami ... Customer Friend of Ercoli (uncredited)
Margherita Horowitz ... Lady with Striped Suit in the Trattoria (uncredited)
Italia Marchesini ... Giulia - The Servant in the Brothel (uncredited)
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Piero's Friend in the Bar (uncredited)
Domenico Modugno ... Domenico Modugno (uncredited)
Paolo Pietrangeli ... The Son of the Avvocato (uncredited)
Ettore Ribotta ... Piero's Friend in the Bar (uncredited)
Michele Riccardini ... The Yielding Customer in the Trattoria (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Pietrangeli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ruggero Maccari  screenplay
Ruggero Maccari  story
Antonio Pietrangeli  screenplay
Antonio Pietrangeli  story
Tullio Pinelli  screenplay
Ettore Scola  screenplay
Ettore Scola  story

Produced by
Moris Ergas .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Armando Nannuzzi 
Film Editing by
Eraldo Da Roma 
Production Design by
Luigi Scaccianoce 
Set Decoration by
Luigi Scaccianoce 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Makeup Department
Goffredo Rocchetti .... makeup artist
Mara Rocchetti .... hair stylist
Production Management
Manolo Bolognini .... production manager
Antonio Negri .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianni Arduini .... assistant director
Anna Maria Ceni .... assistant director (as Anna Maria Leone)
Armando Crispino .... assistant director
Art Department
Mario Ravasio .... assistant set decorator
Emilio Zago .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Pietro Ortolani .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Alvaro Lanzoni .... assistant camera
Giuseppe Ruzzolini .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Marcella Benvenuti .... assistant editor
Music Department
Piero Piccioni .... conductor
Other crew
Carlo Giovagnorio .... production secretary
Vanda Tuzzi .... script supervisor
Lilla Brignone .... voice dubbing: Simone Signoret (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Emmanuelle Riva (uncredited)
Vittoria Febbi .... voice dubbing: Luciana Gilli (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Adua and Her Friends" - USA (DVD box title)
"Love à la carte" - USA (informal English title)
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106 min | UK:125 min | Argentina:128 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Italy:VM16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2004) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)

Did You Know?

This is the first time in her career that Sandra Milo dubs herself in a movie. Previously she had been dubbed by other actresses such as Rosetta Calavetta and Lidia Simoneschi.See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
There are so many moments where this could easily have become sentimental and doesn't, 20 January 2007
Author: christopher-underwood from United Kingdom

Very fine, gloriously black and white, very well acted drama involving four girls who decide to pool their resources and run a restaurant together when their brothel is closed down. There are so many moments where this could easily have become sentimental and doesn't and is much to the director's credit that this looks so good throughout. The jazz soundtrack is a great help as are the snatches or 'real life' - the steam trains rushing below car dealer Mastroianni's window, the fine moment in the main street when he passes off Signoret's failing car to another whilst slipping her into one more. But the best of all such sequences is the final shot upon the cobblestoned street in the pouring rain and without a cloying close-up, we all know exactly what the facial expression is. As I say all the acting is good but Signoret particularly puts in another excellent performance where she ranges from sexy to sad and energetic to dejected, but perhaps best of all her verbal onslaught upon 'the landlord'.

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