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Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
"Il postino" (original title)

 -  Biography | Comedy | Drama  -  14 June 1995 (USA)
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Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

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Massimo Troisi ...
Mario Ruoppolo
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Beatrice Russo
Renato Scarpa ...
Telegrapher
Linda Moretti ...
Donna Rosa
Sergio Solli
Carlo Di Maio
Nando Neri
Vincenzo Di Sauro
Orazio Stracuzzi
Alfredo Cozzolino
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Di Cosimo
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Storyline

Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island for political reasons. On the island, the unemployed son of a poor fisherman is hired as an extra postman due to the huge increase in mail that this causes. Il Postino is to hand-deliver the celebrity's mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda. Struggling to grow and express himself more fully, he suddenly falls in love and needs Neruda's help and guidance more than ever. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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postman | poetry | island | poet | pablo neruda | See more »

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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14 June 1995 (USA)  »

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Il Postino: The Postman  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$234,643 (USA) (20 September 1996)

Gross:

$20,681,301 (USA) (11 October 1996)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Massimo Troisi was so weak that it was only possible for him to work for about an hour each day. Most of his scenes were shot in one or two takes. A shooting schedule was designed to allow the film to be shot around him. This was aided greatly by the fact his stand-in bore such a striking resemblance to Troisi. He was used for all back to camera, long/medium shots and most of the bicycle riding sequences. Director Michael Radford has said that watching the film after it was cut together even he was unable to tell the difference between the two men. See more »

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Pablo Neruda: Even the most sublime ideas sound ridiculous if heard too often.
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Written by Francisco Canaro (as F. Canaro) and Luis César Amadori (as L.C. Amadori)
Performed by Carlos Gardel
Courtesy of E. Musical Pirovano
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Lovely Little Film About the Power of Words
8 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A sweet, gentle film about a quiet postman who discovers the power of poetry in winning the heart of his true love.

Massimo Troisi gives a warm, wonderful performance as said postman, while Phillipe Noiret plays the poet Pablo Neruda. The setting, a sleepy Italian village, gives the film a cozy atmosphere, and it's got a lovely score to match.

One of the rare foreign-language films to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, it lost to the thunderingly stupid "Braveheart." Mel Gibson could use a little poetry himself.

Grade: A


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