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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 29 wins & 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Better than most all American romances. 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:
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:
Referenced in Modelo Burela (2009) (V)See more »
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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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Better than most all American romances., 17 September 2003
Author: P Carr (pavel@fan.com) from Topeka, KS

"Il Postino" is a movie that received oodles of critical acclaim upon its release in 1994. While I don't think it was as good as advertised, I understand why it received such praise. In a movie world that is filled with dry and unamusing romance stories, "Il Postino" is a relatively lush and beautiful tale.

The plot is fairly simple but loaded with subtleties that allow, even encourage, multiple viewings. Mario (Massimo Troisi) longs for something more than his simple fisherman life on an Italian island, so he takes a small job as a postman, delivering mail to famed romantic poet Pablo Neruda (Phillipe Noiret), who is living in exile on the same island. Over time, they develop a relationship that is based on Neruda aiding Mario in wooing his beloved Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta).

The final act is where the film makes the leap from well-made standard fare to something greater. With a couple plausible plot developments, characters and relationships are deepened beyond a basic love story, to a place that accents everything that happens leading up to that point. I can't say much else without giving things away, but stick with the movie to the end, even if you're dragging midway through.

As you might expect from an Italian film, "Il Postino" has a very European feel. The passion of Italy is present throughout, explained through lifestyles, literal and metaphorical imagery, and the emotions of the characters. The setting is far from the bustling dollar-driven society in which Americans dwell, and a movie like this wouldn't get made in America, because the cultures are drastically different.

The film's star, Massimo Troisi, is excellent. He embodies everyman qualities exceptionally, similar to Tom Hanks, yet with more...something. Soul perhaps? He, like the entire film, is just more European, and I hope you understand what I mean by that. Noiret portrays Neruda perfectly, expressing his romantic ways through both words and actions. Everyone else is very good, although no one stands out; the overall anonymity of the cast aids the viewer in establishing culture as well.

The cinematography and the scenery it presents is often breathtaking, although not in the sweeping manner of something like The Lord of the Rings. Rather, cinematographer Franco Di Giacomo wisely chose to let the pictures speak for themselves. The elegant cliffs, white-capped waves, and rolling topography of the island gently yet firmly frame and support the story. A straight-forward tale should have suitable pictures, and "Il Postino" meets that requirement.

The film is touted as a romantic comedy, and it is, although not in the traditional sense. The comedy isn't slapstick and won't elicit bushels of laughter. But there is an underlying sense of humor laced through the whole movie, often in simple movements, tasks, or occurrences.

All of this combines to present something like a fairy tale replete with Italian heart and soul. "Il Postino" won't blow you away, but its tender lessons about life, love, and friendship will stick with you for some time, urging another viewing.

Bottom Line: A very European romance that is better than most anything Hollywood can conjure up. 8/10.

(If you like the film, get the Collector's Edition DVD; it's quite good.)

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