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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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  (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
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Italy:16+ | 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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A film featuring strong female characters, 30 June 2013
Author: Ben Larson from Leesburg, FL

Antonio Pietrangelli's ADUA E LE COMPAGNE (ADUA AND HER FRIENDS) is a slice of Italian neo-realist film-making.

Legal brothels have just been banned, and now four professional girls must find a new occupation. Adua (Simone Signoret, Room at the Top, Ship of Fools), Milly (Gina Rovere, Life is Beautiful, and Best Actress winner for this film at the Avellino Neorealism Film Festival), Lolita (Sandra Milo, Juliet of the Spirits, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for this film by Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists), and Marilina (Emmanuelle Riva, Hiroshima Mon Amour) create a restaurant with the plan to make an illicit brothel of the upstairs rooms.

When obstacles prevent opening their restaurant, they turn to Dr. Ercoli (Claudio Gora), a local "fixer" who'll make the license happen, but only for a price. They carry on, but know the past will eventually come knocking. With a restaurant that's slowly becoming successful, and the attentions of car salesman Piero (Marcello Mastroianni), Adua and the girls adjust to their new lives. One starts a new romance; another reconnects with her young son.

If you are looking for titillation in a story about four prostitutes, you need to look elsewhere, as this film, with some stirring jazz, focuses on the characters in transition.

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