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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 »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 28 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Mesmerizing film about friendship, poetry, and 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
 

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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:
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:
Mario Ruoppolo:If you make this much of a fuss about one poem, you're never going to win that Nobel Prize.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Is this film based on real events?
What does the sign say above the café where Beatrice works?
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Mesmerizing film about friendship, poetry, and love., 19 October 2005
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

Set in the early 1950s on a small Italian island, there are three central characters in this movie, one real and the other two fictional. The real one is Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (played by French actor Noiret who resembles Neruda quite nicely). Neruda died in 1973, but really did spend several years in exile in Italy, and really is a world-famous poet.

In this fictional story, simple and honest, but somewhat dim, 40-something Mario Ruoppolo (Massimo Troisi, who died of heart failure right before the movie was released) is the son of a small time fisherman. Mario really doesn't like the fishing, but has no job. At dad's encouragement, he finds a temporary job as a postman, "il postino." The famous poet is moving into the small village and a man with a bicycle is needed to deliver his mail daily. It pays very little in this poor village, but it is a job. And the friendship that eventually develops between Neruda and Mario changes their lives.

The third central character is pretty and sexy 20-something Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) who works in her fiercely protective aunt's bar and restaurant. Mario admires her from afar, but Neruda's poetry gives Mario an entry. He tells Neruda later, "Poetry doesn't belong to those who write it, it is for those who need to use it."

A very charming and meaningful movie on DVD for those who don't mind reading English subtitles. Or, listen to it in Italian or French. Some of my favorite scenes were the conversations between Mario and the poet when the mail was delivered.

SPOILERS FOLLOW. Mario manages to win the affections of Beatrice through his poetry and they marry. The political climate changes in Chile allowing Neruda to return there. Mario is sad that Neruda does not seem to remember them. But he turns up perhaps 6 or 8 years later, meets Mario's young son and Beatrice, but finds that Mario had died in a rumble during a Communist rally in the square. The movie ends with Neruda on the beach where he and Mario had had so many wonderful conversations, reflecting on the beauty of the island and how it influenced his poetry. And the friendship with Mario.

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