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Be Sick... It's Free (1968)

Il medico della mutua (original title)
The eventful ascent of a doctor in the corrupted Italian healthcare system.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Doctor Guido Tersilli
Sara Franchetti ...
Teresa-Guido's Girlfriend
Ida Galli ...
Anna Maria-Guido's Wife (as Evelyn Stewart)
Nanda Primavera ...
Guido's Mother
Bice Valori ...
Amelia-Doctor Bui's Wife
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Pietro
Franco Scandurra ...
Doctor Bui-Doctor on his deathbed
Claudio Gora ...
The Primary
Pupella Maggio ...
Ms.Parise-First patient
Cesare Gelli ...
Doctor-Colleague in hospital
Tano Cimarosa ...
Salvatore Laganà-Father of 9 children
Sandro Merli ...
Doctor Drufo-Colleague in hospital
Marisa Traversi ...
Prostitute
Sandro Dori ...
Doctor Zucconi-Colleague in hospital
Marco Tulli ...
Doorman at hospital
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The eventful ascent of a doctor in the corrupted Italian healthcare system.

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24 October 1968 (Italy)  »

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When the Giuseppe D'Agata novel came out, the Italian Physician Order (Ordine dei Medici) filed a complaint against the author and lost the lawsuit. The same thing happened when first the movie came out. 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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