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Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
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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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Mario Ruoppolo
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Beatrice Russo
Renato Scarpa ...
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Linda Moretti ...
Donna Rosa
Sergio Solli
Carlo Di Maio
Nando Neri
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Orazio Stracuzzi
Alfredo Cozzolino
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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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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA)  »

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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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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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Lyrical
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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