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Il Sorpasso (1962)

Il sorpasso (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 20 June 1963 (Hungary)
An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.

Director:

Dino Risi

Writers:

Dino Risi (story and screenplay), Ettore Scola (story and screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Bruno Cortona
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Roberto Mariani (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Catherine Spaak ... Lilli Cortona
Claudio Gora ... Danilo Borelli 'Bibi'
Luciana Angiolillo Luciana Angiolillo ... Gianna Cortona (as Luciana Angelillo)
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Zia Lidia
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Moglie del commendatore
Bruna Simionato Bruna Simionato ... Zia Enrica
Lilly Darelli Lilly Darelli ... (as Lilli Darelli)
Mila Stanic Mila Stanic ... Clara, la ragazza alla stazione
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Amedeo
Edda Ferronao Edda Ferronao ... La ragazza della valigia smarrita a Civitavecchia
John Francis Lane John Francis Lane ... Alfredo - avvocato cugino di Roberto
Luigi Zerbinati Luigi Zerbinati ... Il Commendatore
Annette Stroyberg ... Turista tedesca
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

The Story of a Man Who Definitely Believes That the Best Things in Life Are Not Free! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Latin | German | English | Arabic

Release Date:

20 June 1963 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Easy Life See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2008, the film was selected to enter the list of the 100 Italian films to be saved (100 film italiani da salvare). The list was created with the aim to report "100 films that have changed the collective memory of the country between 1942 and 1978". The project was established by the Venice Days ("Giornate degli Autori") in the Venice Film Festival, in collaboration with Cinecittà Holding and with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. See more »

Goofs

When Roberto walks over the rocks, we see a beautiful blonde in a bikini lying on the rocks, reading a magazine and showing her beautiful legs. Later, on the same day, maybe a couple hours later, the same blonde will come and ask Roberto to sign her cast on her leg ("next to Peppino DiCapri's signature"). In the afternoon, she'll be dancing with her cast. It is impossible that the same girl had such a terrible accident that required the whole cast of her leg and then go back dancing with a cast full of signatures (including one by the great Peppino) on the same day. See more »

Quotes

Danilo Borelli 'Bibi': Typical Roman, putting others down and acting superior.
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Featured in 13dici a tavola (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Per un attimo
Written by Luigi Naddeo
Performed by Peppino Di Capri
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A movie milestone!!!
19 October 2002 | by MassimolazioSee all my reviews

Probably the best "costume satire" film ever made. Vittorio Gassman is perfect in the role of Bruno. Great cast especially the supporting role of J. L. Trintignant. Adorable and very sexy the beautiful teenager daughter of Bruno played by Catherine Spaak. Il Sorpasso depicted in great reality the sweet bitter life of the 60's in Italy. The perfect road movie, filled with deep characters and great locations between Rome (deserted during the peak summertime vacation of "ferragosto" and the overcrowded countryside of the coast between the Capital and the Tuscan Riviera). This film is filled with humor and sadness (If you don't understand Italian, you'll miss something but the movie language is international, and the subtitles will help you). DO NOT MISS IT! Bravo Dino Risi!


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