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Release Date:
14 June 1995 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Dreams do come true. See more »
Plot:
Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 28 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Metaphors See more (103 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Philippe Noiret ... Pablo Neruda
Massimo Troisi ... Mario Ruoppolo

Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Beatrice Russo
Renato Scarpa ... Telegrapher
Linda Moretti ... Donna Rosa
Sergio Solli
Carlo Di Maio
Nando Neri
Vincenzo Di Sauro
Orazio Stracuzzi
Alfredo Cozzolino
Mariano Rigillo ... Di Cosimo

Anna Bonaiuto ... Matilde
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Simona Caparrini ... Elsa Morante (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Radford 
 
Writing credits
Antonio Skármeta (novel "Ardiente Paciencia")

Furio Scarpelli (story) &
Giacomo Scarpelli (story)

Anna Pavignano (screenplay) &
Michael Radford (screenplay) &
Furio Scarpelli (screenplay) &
Giacomo Scarpelli (screenplay) &
Massimo Troisi (screenplay)

Produced by
Mario Cecchi Gori .... producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori .... producer
Gaetano Daniele .... producer
Alberto Passone .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Luis Bacalov 
 
Cinematography by
Franco Di Giacomo 
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Perpignani 
 
Production Design by
Lorenzo Baraldi 
 
Costume Design by
Gianna Gissi 
 
Makeup Department
Alfredo Marazzi .... makeup artist
Simone Marazzi .... makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla .... hair stylist
Léone Noël .... makeup artist
Angelo Vannella .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Federico Foti .... unit manager
Vincenzo Testa .... production manager
Raffaele Veneruso .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gaia Gorrini .... assistant director
Stefano Veneruso .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Laura Casalini .... assistant production designer
Cosimo Gomez .... sketch artist
Roberto Magagnini .... lead person
Riccardo Passanisi .... property master
Luigi Sergianni .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects
Tullio Arcangeli .... sound effects
Vince Caro .... sound recording engineer
Giulio De Angeli .... sound effects (as Giulio D'Angeli)
Franco Finetti .... sound
Saverio Lancia .... sound effects
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Massimo Loffredi .... sound
Ettore Mancini .... boom operator
Ezio Marcorin .... sound editor
Ezio Marcorin .... sound effects
Daniele Masini .... sound effects
Nicoletta Negri .... dubbing assistant
Augusto Penna .... sound effects
Alessandra Perpignani .... sound supervisor
Paolo Pucci .... sound effects editor
Angelo Raguseo .... sound re-recording mixer
Roberto Sterbini .... sound effects
Marco Streccioni .... sound re-recording mixer
Fabio Venturi .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Altibrandi .... electrician
Elio Bosi .... grip
Piero Bosi .... grip
Bruno Bruni .... still photographer
Osvaldo Caruso .... grip
Stefano Coletta .... camera operator
Francesca D'Antoni .... assistant camera
Rolando Marcheggiani .... electrician
Ernesto Natoli .... assistant camera
Gaetano Rutigliano .... grip
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvette Bonnay .... wardrobe
Alberta Ceccarelli .... wardrobe
Rita Cirilli .... wardrobe
Luciana Morosetti .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Stefano Giovannini .... color technician
Lidia Pascolini .... assistant editor
Rita Triunveri .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Luis Bacalov .... conductor
 
Other crew
Bruno Alessandro .... voice dubbing: Philippe Noiret
Rodolfo Bianchi .... dubbing director
Cristiana Caimmi .... publicist
Anna Cenciarelli .... administrator
Elide Cortesi .... script supervisor
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Marco Mattei .... cashier
Marco Mattei .... payroll clerk
Gianluca Passone .... location manager
Gianluca Passone .... production secretary
Flavio Tallone .... production secretary
Alfredo Veneruso .... production secretary
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Massimo Troisi .... dedicatee
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il postino" - Italy (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was shot in 11 weeks, with only one break for the Easter holiday.See more »
Quotes:
Donna Rosa:When it comes to bed, there's no difference between a poet, a priest, or a communist!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Thanks for Sharing (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
MadreselvaSee more »

FAQ

Is this film based on real events?
What does the sign say above the café where Beatrice works?
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36 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Metaphors, 8 June 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

Michael Radford, an English director, ought to be given credit for bringing this beautiful story to the screen. It speaks volumes that Mr. Radford achieves a triumph with a film that for all practical purposes should have been directed by an Italian. This is a timeless story of friendship, poetry and love set in a desolated island that was to be Pablo Neruda's home in exile.

The story is a simple one. Mario Ruoppolo, a poor man without a job, suddenly applies for a vacant position that will pay almost nothing, but by becoming a letter carrier he gets the chance of meeting a man that will make a deep impression on him and who will change his life completely.

Mario, the postman, is almost illiterate. He can read and write, with only the basic knowledge he probably picked up in the island school. He is allergic to fishing, and can't make a living like his father, and probably most of his ancestors before him. It's the time after WWII in which a poor Italy is still recovering from the devastation and defeat.

Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet, finds a rustic home in the island. He is the most famous person ever to set foot in there. Mario is in charge for bringing Pablo his packages and mail. An easy friendship develops between them. Like everyone else in the island, Mario is impressed by the foreigner. In trying to imitate his poet friend, Mario awakens to all the beauty around him and discovers love with the gorgeous local girl, Beatrice Russo.

The film's mood changes right after Pablo Neruda and his wife receive assurances they can go back to their native land. This leaves Mario in a sad state, but now that he is married, he has other responsibilities to live for. Neruda had awakened in Mario a desire to speak for himself and to seek justice.

This is a film totally dominated by the late Italian actor Massimo Troisi, who as Mario, completely captures us by just being a simple soul with no malice. Mr. Troisi is splendid in his take of this poor man who discovers beauty and poetry late in his life. Philippe Noiret, is Pablo Neruda. Mr. Noiret makes a great contribution as the man who sees beauty everywhere and translates it into poetry. Maria Grazia Cucinotta is the beautiful Beatrice, the woman who loves Mario. Renato Scarpa and Linda Moretti, play minor roles with success.

"Il Postino" is helped by the magnificent cinematography of Franco di Giacomo who captures the island in all its splendor. The music score is another asset. Luis Bacalov's tuneful background music adds another layer in this film rich texture.

This film is an excellent way to be introduced to Pablo Neruda's poetry, even if it's only for the curiosity the film will give even a casual viewer. Thanks to Michael Radford for a poetic view of this lonely place where two people meet and are changed forever.

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