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Giovanni
Francesco Giuffrida ...
Pietro
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Pelaia
Calogero Caruana ...
Amico di Giovanni
Roberto Marzo ...
Amico di Giovanni
Davide Negro ...
Amico di Giovanni
Giorgio Pittau ...
Amico di Giovanni
Pasqualino Vona ...
Amico di Giovanni
Giuseppe Zarbano ...
Amico di Giovanni
Giuliano Spadaro ...
Padre della famiglia foggiana
Patrizia Marino ...
Madre foggiana
Giuseppe Sangari ...
Figlio
Francesca Monchiero ...
Figlia
Giorgia Scuderi ...
Assuntina
Salvatore Refano ...
Il vecchio siciliano
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Turin at the end of the fifties: two brothers have emigrated there from Sicily and the older works very hard to let the younger study and free himself from poverty through culture. The boy however is not keen on school and would like to begin to work. When after some time he gets his degree however things take a violent and dramatic turn...... Written by Salvatore santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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The Way We Laughed  »

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$10,210 (USA) (23 November 2001)

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$44,286 (USA) (22 March 2002)
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Despite winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, Gianni Amelio still had to wait over three years before he saw his film released in the US. See more »

Quotes

Giovanni: You think your children are your own, then they learn to walk and they leave you. Know what they say back home? "Raise hogs, 'cause then you can eat them"
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References Rocco and His Brothers (1960) See more »

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Cucara cha cha cha
Written by Tony Vargas and Pepe Villa
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado
Courtesy of Peer International Corp./Edizioni Peersongs Italy Srl
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How -do- you get four elephants in a Fiat?
15 February 2004 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Way We Laughed" is plaintive, unhappy drama about two Sicilian brothers who migrate to Turin, Italy in the late 50's where the older and somewhat duller brother toils as a laborer so his younger brother can reap the benefits of school. This very Italian film peers deeply into the brotherly relationship as it skips through time and circumstance ultimately revealing the true character of the principals. Slow moving, methodical, and two hours long, this film will likely test the patience of most American audiences, especially those less familiar with the subtleties of Italian culture, who may question whether the payoff is worth the wait though the talent of an able auteur and cast are above reproach. (B)


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