7.5/10
1,975
12 user 9 critic

The Stolen Children (1992)

Il ladro di bambini (original title)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story) | 5 more credits »
Reviews
14 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lamerica (1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Two Italian racketeers come to Albania just after the fall of the communists to set up a fictive firm and pocket the grants. They need a stooge. They choose an old one in a jail : Spiro. ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio
Stars: Enrico Lo Verso, Michele Placido, Piro Milkani
Open Doors (1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tommaso Scalia is a man who commits three murders: he killed his superior who sacked him, he kills the man who replaced him, and he kills his own wife. He wants a quick trial and an early ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Ennio Fantastichini, Renato Carpentieri
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.

Director: Gianni Amelio
Stars: Kim Rossi Stuart, Andrea Rossi, Charlotte Rampling
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very hard to let the younger study and free himself from poverty through culture. The boy ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio
Stars: Francesco Giuffrida, Enrico Lo Verso, Fabrizio Gifuni
Close to Eden (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The shepherd Gombo lives with his wife, three children and grandmother in a tent on the Mongolian steppe. They are pleased with their rustic conditions, until a Russian truck driver, ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Stars: Badema, Bayaertu, Vladimir Gostyukhin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Gianni Amelio
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Laura Morante, Sonia Gessner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A celebrated painter receives a visit from a cardinal's assistant, who informs him that his mother could become a saint.

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Jacqueline Lustig, Chiara Conti
Caro diario (1993)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Nanni Moretti directs himself playing himself in this wry look at life. Presented in three chapters, Moretti uses the experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, cruising with his friend... See full summary »

Director: Nanni Moretti
Stars: Nanni Moretti, Renato Carpentieri, Giovanna Bozzolo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A psychoanalyst and his family go through profound emotional trauma when their son dies in a scuba diving accident.

Director: Nanni Moretti
Stars: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Jasmine Trinca
Many Wars Ago (1970)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops.

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Mark Frechette, Alain Cuny, Gian Maria Volontè
L'intrepido (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Set in modern day Milan, this is a Chaplinesque odyssey through the world of work - every type of work, but primarily unskilled manual labor, seen through the eyes of a kind, middle-aged ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Amelio
Stars: Antonio Albanese, Livia Rossi, Gabriele Rendina
The First Man (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Gianni Amelio
Stars: Michel Crémadès, Jacques Gamblin, Mickaël Batret
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Antonio
Valentina Scalici ...
Rosetta
Giuseppe Ieracitano ...
Luciano
Florence Darel ...
Martine
Marina Golovine ...
Nathalie
Renato Carpentieri ...
Maresciallo
...
Sorella di Antonio
Fabio Alessandrini ...
Grignani
Vincenzo Peluso ...
Carabiniere napoletano
Massimo De Lorenzo ...
Papaleo
Celeste Brancato ...
Signora Papaleo
Santo Santonocito ...
Carabiniere siciliano
Lello Serao ...
Cliente casa Rosetta
Agostino Zumbo ...
Sacerdote istituto
Maria Pia Di Giovanni ...
Madre Rosetta
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

3 March 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Ladrão de Crianças  »

Box Office

Gross:

$931,280 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Leaving Now
Written by C. Nicolosi, E. Giubinelli
Performed by Novecento
Courtesy of Warner Chappell - Pull
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Italian coming-of-age
8 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best films of all time. The story is heartbreaking: an 11 year-old girl has been forced into prostitution by her mother. When the police arrest the mother, Rosetta and her little brother Luciano (who is 9) must be taken to a children's home in the south of Italy. A young Carabiniere named Antonio is assigned the task of taking them from Milan to Sicilly, even though he's barely more than a child himself. The journey takes this mismatched threesome to Antonio's home province, where he re-unites briefly with his sister and his old granny, before Rosetta is recognized from a magazine cover, and shunned. The growing tenderness among the three young people is the essence of the story. The girl, although only 11, conveys the bitterness of adulthood through her ineffably sad eyes. She knows so much more about life than her 19 year-old policeman, yet without any seedy sexual implications, he comes to teach her through his tender care that there's more to life than sorrow. Luciano is a beautiful child, whose adoration of the soldier/cop is delicately and warmly depicted. Only The 400 Blows and Forbidden Games have captured the ache of childhood as well. The director has used stunning compositions and lingering takes of the Italian countryside that make the story resonate beyond its intimate canvas. The acting is brilliant. I suppose the only reason this film has not been released on DVD is it's controversial subject matter, which is a shame, because that shunning is what the film is about. The Italian title is Il Ladro di Bambini. Don't miss it!


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ever available on dvd anywhere? PrinceAlessio
ladies' rating? stevenvh
Antonio suspended? stevenvh
Know any libraries + online sellers that have a copy??? kara_07030
Confusion ? thomas-kochi
Discuss The Stolen Children (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?