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Il Postino: The Postman (1994)

Il postino (original title)
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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il Postino: The Postman  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$21,840,154 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in 11 weeks, with only one break for the Easter holiday. See more »


Pablo Neruda: Even the most sublime ideas sound ridiculous if heard too often.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Phil Hartman/Gin Blossoms (1996) See more »


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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3 January 2001 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Lyrical, moving and beautifully photographed gentle comedy in which an exiled Chilean poet inspires his Italian postman to woo and marry a local girl. Massimo Troisi gives a wonderfully contained performance as the postman who learns to see the beauty in poetry and his home on an Italian island. Philippe Noiret plays the poet Pablo Neruda with the usual assuredness. It is difficult not to be moved by the simple beauty of the film.

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