Bruno Cortona and Roberto Mariani meet by chance as Roberto helps Bruno one day while everything is closed in Rome for the holiday weekend. The two men could not be more different. Thirty-six year old Bruno is extroverted, a man who seizes opportunities as they arise, is an excitement seeker, has never really grown up, but is a person to who many are drawn because of his exuberance and masculine good looks. Law student Roberto is introverted, controlled and so unsure of himself that he doesn't really know why he chose law as a career and is afraid not only to let the girl who lives across the way from him, Valeria, know that he likes her, but even to speak to her. He even has a photograph of her in his wallet that he took clandestinely. Roberto reluctantly gets caught up in the whirlwind of Bruno's last minute change in plans for the holidays as the two head off together in Bruno's Lancia Aurelia sports car, their joy ride which will be largely at Bruno's whim. That reluctance is ...
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Did You Know?
The place where a bar owner lowers the gate and Vittorio Gassman tries to use the pay phone at another store across the street behind the closed gate without success at the very beginning of the film is located at Piazza Francesco Morosini in Rome, Italy. See more
You can see part of the rig on Bruno's car when they talk about Antonioni, when Bruno makes fun of the Italian family on the motorcycle, and when he teases the cyclist. See more
You live in Rome. What's Sophia Loren's like?
To me, she's like Etruscan tombs and Mount Fumaiolo. I'll explain some other time.
Referenced in La pazza gioia
Guarda come dondolo
Written by Carlo Rossi
& Edoardo Vianello
Performed by Edoardo Vianello See more