Il Sorpasso (1962)
"Il sorpasso" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  5 December 1962 (Italy)
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An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.



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Bruno Cortona and Roberto Mariani meet by chance as Roberto helps Bruno one day while everything is closed in Rome for the holiday weekend. The two men could not be more different. Thirty-six year old Bruno is extroverted, a man who seizes opportunities as they arise, is an excitement seeker, has never really grown up, but is a person to who many are drawn because of his exuberance and masculine good looks. Law student Roberto is introverted, controlled and so unsure of himself that he doesn't really know why he chose law as a career and is afraid not only to let the girl who lives across the way from him, Valeria, know that he likes her, but even to speak to her. He even has a photograph of her in his wallet that he took clandestinely. Roberto reluctantly gets caught up in the whirlwind of Bruno's last minute change in plans for the holidays as the two head off together in Bruno's Lancia Aurelia sports car, their joy ride which will be largely at Bruno's whim. That reluctance is ... Written by Huggo

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The place where a bar owner lowers the gate and Vittorio Gassman tries to use the pay phone at another store across the street behind the closed gate without success at the very beginning of the film is located at Piazza Francesco Morosini in Rome, Italy. See more »


There is an odd shadow on the back of Vittorio Gassman's back in the beach free-standing handstand scene during the close-up. His elbows are never locked. His biceps and triceps muscles do not appear to be under any tension from holding his own body weight up in the air. Someone or something must be holding his legs up unless he has superhuman strength. See more »


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Written by Luigi Naddeo
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One of the ten best italian movies ever made!
30 January 2000 | by (Catania, Italy) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie hundreds & hundreds of time, and I'm not tired yet to watch it, and this just because this movie represents how we italians were in the sixties and how we still are. It is probably one of the ten best italian movies ever made. If you are able to understand Italian, watch it in its original version.

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