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Il boom (1963)

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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

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Ettore Geri ...
Mr. Bausetti
Elena Nicolai ...
Mrs. Bausetti
Alceo Barnabei ...
Baratti
Federico Giordano ...
Silvia's father
Antonio Mambretti ...
Silvio Battistini ...
Riccardo
Sandro Merli ...
John Karlsen ...
Occulist
Ugo Silvestri ...
Gardinazzi
Gloria Cervi ...
Mrs. Baratti
Gino Pasquarelli ...
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Secretary
Mariolina Bovo ...
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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

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The Unseen Film by Vittorio De Sica

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17 December 1964 (Portugal)  »

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El especulador  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,164, 16 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,962, 30 November 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Though released in Italy in 1963, the film was denied distribution in U.S. theaters until 2017. See more »

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sweet-sour comedy on Italy's 1950's rage to get rich as fast as possible !!
2 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Sweet-sour comedy on Italy's 1950's rage to get rich as fast as possible !!The lead actor (Alberto Sordi) plays the part of a psuedo businessman who to satisfy his wife's craving for luxury and a "respectable life" becomes heavily indebted. In desperation he agrees to sell a precious part of his body for a large sum of money.But just before the crucial operation he panics !

The whole film is a grotesque comedy on Italy's obsession of those times to be "respectable" i.e. be rich,show it,and give the impression of being part of the respectable upper-middle class even though "secretly" you are just another of those "noveau riches". The film is very realistic and at times hilarious !Worth to see!


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