A character study of five young men at crucial turning points in their lives in a small town in Italy.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Ennio Flaiano (story) (as Ennio Flajano) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franco Interlenghi ... Moraldo Rubini
Alberto Sordi ... Alberto
Franco Fabrizi ... Fausto Moretti
Leopoldo Trieste ... Leopoldo Vannucci
Riccardo Fellini ... Riccardo
Leonora Ruffo ... Sandra Rubini (as Eleonora Ruffo)
Jean Brochard ... Francesco Moretti
Claude Farell ... Olga
Carlo Romano ... Michele Curti
Enrico Viarisio ... Signor Rubini
Paola Borboni ... Signora Rubini
Lída Baarová ... Giulia Curti (as Lida Baarowa)
Arlette Sauvage Arlette Sauvage ... La sconosciuta del cinema
Vira Silenti Vira Silenti ... Gisella
Maja Niles Maja Niles ... Caterina (as Maja Nipora)
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Storyline

Fausto Moretti, having seduced Sandra Rubini, the sister of his friend and companion Moraldo Rubini, is forced to marry her. After their honeymoon, he takes a job as a salesman of religious objects in a small shop. He isn't changed by his marriage and still looks for women, with his friends, when and where they can find them. He even tries to seduce the wife of his boss and is fired. After each episode, Sandra forgives him. He and his friends of similar temperament are content to be idle, chase girls and leave the work and job-hunting to others. After spending the night away from home with a girl, Sandra cannot forgive anymore and runs off with their child. Fausto and his friends search all over for them, fearing the worst. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

"We are the hollow men in this last of meeting places we grope together and avoid speech. Gathered on this beach of the torrid river." - used by permission from THE HOLLOW MEN by T.S. Eliot

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The best English translation of "i vitelloni" would be "the slackers". See more »

Goofs

When Sandra is called up to receive the 'Miss Mermaid' sash, she is on the left of the screen, to the right of the compere. As the actress comes up to present the sash, Sandra is seen standing on the compere's left. But when the actress presents the sash, Sandra is back on the left, to the right of the compere. See more »

Quotes

Fausto Moretti: [reunited with Sandra, after his father has whipped him for his infidelities] You scared me so, Sandra. Never do that again, you hear?
Sandra Rubini: And if you make me mad again, I'll beat you like your father. But even harder. I'll beat you senseless.
Fausto Moretti: [starts to laugh] That's how I like you. Here, let me hold the baby
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Referenced in 1960 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Io Cerco la Titina
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard during the carnival
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The interchangeability of gang members
10 August 2004 | by nick-pett664See all my reviews

I think that the only other user to have commented on this film may have missed some of the point. The actions of the characters are not hard to understand. Fausto is a womaniser because he does not take love and its attendant responsibilities seriously. Alberto and Riccardo booze and smoke and hang around because those are the roles designated to some men in adult gangs of this kind. Moraldo sees Fausto's womanising and is torn between loyalty to the camaraderie of the group and to his friend and love for his sister, resulting in him helping Fausto to protect Sandra from the truth.

With regards to the lack of character definition of the characters, I don't think that this should be seen as a problem. Their inability to escape the attraction of a casual life robs them of character and their love of the gang robs them of individuality. The interchangeability of their looks and the swapping of facial hair styles illustrates the dynamics of a gang - shared vocabulary, shared likes and dislikes, playing off each other.

I think that this is a perfect distillation of the aimless lives of adult males, unable to break away from the gang. Whether this is Fellini's best or not, it is a very affecting study of small-town ennui and male relationships.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Vitelloni See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,790, 16 November 2003

Gross USA:

$116,428

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$144,103
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cité Films, Peg-Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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