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Malèna (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  2 February 2001 (USA)
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A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luciano Federico ...
Renato's Father
Matilde Piana ...
Renato's Mother
Pietro Notarianni ...
Professor Bonsignore
Gaetano Aronica ...
Nino Scordia
Gilberto Idonea ...
Avvocato Centorbi (as Gilberto Idone)
Angelo Pellegrino ...
Segretario politico
Pippo Provvidenti ...
Dott. Cusimano
Maria Terranova ...
Moglie Dott. Cusimano
Marcello Catalano ...
Lieutenant Cadei
Elisa Morucci ...
Domenico Gennaro ...
Vitalba Andrea ...
Moglie farmacista


On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her husband, Nino. He promptly goes off to war, leaving her to the lustful eyes of the men and the sharp tongues of the women. During the next few years, as Renato grows toward manhood, he watches Malèna suffer and prove her mettle. He sees her loneliness, then grief when Nino is reported dead, the effects of slander on her relationship with her father, her poverty and search for work, and final humiliations. Will Renato learn courage from Malèna and stand up for her? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A world at war. A young man coming of age. And the woman who changed his life forever See more »


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 February 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Malena  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$62,282 (USA) (29 December 2000)


ESP 127,249,350 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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| (heavily cut) | (TV)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guiseppe Sulfaro was actually naked in the sex scene between Renato and Lupeta the prostitute and no body double was used. See more »


After Renato passes out, he is in his mother's lap. His arm position changes between shots. See more »


Renato Amoroso: Signora Malena, a more capable person than me... wrote that the only true love is unrequited love. Now I understand why. It's been so long since you last came out of your house. But the longer we are apart, the stronger my love becomes.
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Crazy Credits

The movie is dedicated to Tornatore's Father See more »


References Stasera niente di nuovo (1942) See more »


Ma le gambe
Written by Giovanni D'Anzi and Alfredo Bracchi
Performed by Enzo Aita and Trio Lescano
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What a beautiful surprise.
11 January 2001 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

What a beautiful surprise. I loved Malena for its honesty, simplicity and the way it portrayed the life of the young boy in the early 40's. It reminded my of a lot of good movies I have seen throughout my life. Malena is one of those movies that gets stuck in your mind. I enjoyed the movie very much and recommend it to all.

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