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Be Sick... It's Free (1968)
"Il medico della mutua" (original title)

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The eventful ascent of a doctor in the corrupted Italian healthcare system.

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Il Dottore Guido Tersilli
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Teresa
Ida Galli ...
Anna Maria (as Evelyn Stewart)
Nanda Primavera ...
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Bice Valori ...
Amelia - la vedova
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Pietro
Franco Scandurra ...
Il Dottore Bui
Claudio Gora ...
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Pupella Maggio ...
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Cesare Gelli ...
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Tano Cimarosa ...
Salvatore Laganà
Sandro Merli ...
Il Dottore Drufo
Marisa Traversi ...
La prostituta
Sandro Dori ...
Il Dottore. Zucconi
Marco Tulli ...
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The eventful ascent of a doctor in the corrupted Italian healthcare system.

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Producer 'Dino de Laurentiis (I)' refused join the production because according to him any Italian would go to a theater to see a movie about doctors and diseases. The movie had the record at the Italian box office in 1968 beating Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). See more »

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Comedy on the disasterous Italian national health/medical system !
26 August 2002 | by (Rome,Italy) – See all my reviews



Story of an ambitious young medical school graduate who through not always ethical means makes a rapid career. Even though its not the best of Alberto Sordi's tragicomical films, this film tells the public about all the inefficiencies and absurdies of the national sanitary system, almost to become a documentary ,but retaining always that 'commedia all'Italiana' satire on Italian society ! The film was so pungent in its critism of the amorality of the Italian medical category, that the Italian Medical Association condemned the film , even though many doctors in private admitted to Alberto Sordi that his film basically depicted well the situation. Now the system of 'mutue' has been abolished in Italy, so the film is only relevant as social criticism for Italy of the early 1970's, but always interesting to watch, and additionally you can have a few laugh's.A 7 vote.


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