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The Stolen Children (1992)
"Il ladro di bambini" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  3 March 1993 (USA)
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Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valentina Scalici ...
Giuseppe Ieracitano ...
Florence Darel ...
Marina Golovine ...
Fabio Alessandrini ...
Agostino Zumbo ...
Sacerdoie istituto
Vitalba Andrea ...
sorella di Antonio
Massimo De Lorenzo ...
Celeste Brancato ...
signora Papaleo
Vincenzo Peluso ...
Carabiniere napoletano
Santo Santonocito ...
Carabiniere siciliano
Renato Carpentieri ...
Maria Pia Di Giovanni ...
madre Rosetta
Lello Serao ...
cliente casa Rosetta


Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the relation between Antonio and the children is tough, but it relaxes so they become temporary friends. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

3 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Ladrão de Crianças  »

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$931,280 (USA)

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The producer Angelo Rizzoli Jr. wanted Antonio Banderas to play Antonio's role, but Gianni Amelio refused to cast him. See more »


Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »


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Written by Fabio Pianigiani and Gianna Nannini
Performed by Gianna Nannini
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A lovely, touching film
22 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie almost ten years ago, and once or twice since then on TV, and I have never forgotten it. It is both heartbreaking and uplifting, sensitively directed and beautifully performed. The relationship between the young carabiniere and the two children he's escorting evolves so quietly and naturally that it never seems forced, as relationships so often seem in movies. I hesitate to cite specific scenes for fear of spoilage, but there is one moment in particular, when Antonio and young Luciano are swimming in the ocean, that perfectly illustrates the growing trust between them. The scene is quite simply breathtaking.

I wish this movie were available on DVD, because it deserves to be seen by more people. I would add it to my collection in a heartbeat if I could. Instead, I can only hope that some local theater or art museum will screen it someday as part of a film festival.

A truly unforgettable movie.

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