IMDb > Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
Il postino
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Il Postino: The Postman (1994) More at IMDbPro »Il postino (original title)

Photos (See all 20 | slideshow) Videos
Il Postino: The Postman -- Trailer

Overview

User Rating:
7.8/10   22,823 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 91% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for Il Postino: The Postman on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
22 March 1996 (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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 28 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Ah, Love! 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Simona Caparrini ... Elsa Morante (uncredited)

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Writer/co-director/star Massimo Troisi postponed heart surgery so he could complete the film. The day after filming was complete, he suffered a fatal heart attack.See more »
Quotes:
Pablo Neruda:We poets are all fat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Burning Patience (1983)See more »
Soundtrack:
MadreselvaSee more »

FAQ

Is this film based on real events?
What does the sign say above the café where Beatrice works?
See more »
13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Ah, Love!, 19 March 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

With the possible exception of Shakespeare, perhaps, who can explain matters of the heart? For love can be that most elusive of butterflies, as a smitten young man discovers in 'Il Postino,' directed by Michael Radford. There's a bit of 'Cyrano' in this tale of Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi), a somewhat unprepossessing part time mailman (he has but one customer) who falls for a local beauty, Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta), but has no idea how to pursue the longings of his heart. But as luck would have it, Mario's customer just happens to be Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret), a South American expatriate who is also a world renown poet recently exiled to this small island off the coast of Italy. Not wanting to make a pest of himself, Mario only very gradually strikes up an acquaintance with Neruda, while his love for Beatrice goes unrequited. Once Neruda is apprised of Mario's situation however, he begins to instruct him in the art of regarding the world around him in terms of metaphor, as well as how to thus express himself. Soon Mario is composing poetry of his own, with hopes of not only attracting Beatrice's attention, but of winning her heart.

It's a warm and touching story that plays to the heart, rather than the intellect, and will capture you with it's humanity. There is nothing singular about Mario; he is nondescript, just an average guy, and it illustrates that common bond among us all, that of having wants and needs to be expressed and fulfilled-- especially with regards to matters of the heart-- for as Mario discovers, love knows no boundaries.

Troisi gives a strong performance as Mario, but is almost too retiring to be effective, though his character contrasts well with that of Noiret's Neruda, whose zest for life is more readily apparent. Still, it's that underplayed sense of the 'Everyman' that Troisi conveys so well that allows the audience to relate to him. Anyone who has ever yearned for the affections of that special someone will be able to identify with Mario. Ironically, it's his benign manner that makes him-- as contradictory as it may seem-- so memorable and forgettable at the same time, perhaps depending upon the emotional investment the individual viewer is disposed to make. As the poet Neruda, Noiret gives a notable performance, lending the character the sense of one who has known celebrity, yet is nonetheless still somewhat accessible. And in him you can readily perceive a true poetic nature-- though somewhat self-centered-- which gives the character credibility and makes him real.

The supporting cast includes Linda Moretti (Donna Rosa), Renato Scarpa (Telegrapher), Mariano Rigillo (Di Cosimo) and Anna Bonaiuto (Matilde). A romantic film in every sense of the word, 'Il Postino' nevertheless transcends the romantic and takes a somewhat anticlimactic turn that encompasses loyalty and passion to a cause, as well as love. In the end, it's a lyrical, pacific film that seeks to discern the beauty in all things, and certainly makes a statement about the nature of life and love. I rate this one 7/10.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (103 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
movies alike? bella_jesabel
Can't believe it's not been released in Blu Ray! joekrupa
RoboPostino Stryke01
not as simple or straightforward as it seems marianeta
Massimo Troisi silkyorange
Il Postino A Cinema Masterpiece coolhand_gb
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Captain Corelli's Mandolin Burning Patience La grande strada azzurra Seducing Doctor Lewis The Wages of Fear
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Biography section IMDb Italy section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.