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Il Sorpasso (1962)

Il sorpasso (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 20 June 1963 (Hungary)
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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 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 ... Gianna Cortona (as Luciana Angelillo)
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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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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From Rome's dazzling Via Veneto to the glittering beaches of the Italian Riviera...these are the searchers...and this is their easy life! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Vittorio Gassman did not perform the free-standing handstand on the beach according to an "Internazionale" article (Italian magazine, August 14, 2015) on the film. The stunt was done by someone named Giorgio Lami. He is/was the cousin of Edda Lami who worked as a lifeguard on the beach at the time of filming. Gassman only did the close-up most likely with someone or something holding his legs up as his elbows were never locked. See more »

Goofs

There is an odd shadow on the back of Vittorio Gassman's back in the beach free-standing handstand scene during the close-up. His elbows are never locked. His biceps and triceps muscles do not appear to be under any tension from holding his own body weight up in the air. Someone or something must be holding his legs up unless he has superhuman strength. See more »

Quotes

Bruno Cortona: Maybe I shouldn't have gone along to see your relatives.
Roberto Mariani: What are you talking about? It's just that we all have distorted memories of our youth. You know why we always say it was a wonderful time? We don't really remember what it was like.
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Referenced in Like Crazy (2016) See more »

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Guarda come dondolo
Written by Carlo Rossi & Edoardo Vianello
Performed by Edoardo Vianello
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6 November 2002 | by acerfSee all my reviews

I will only say for now, this is one SERIOUSLY GREAT MOVIE. Dino Risi must have been going through a good period in his life because never before or since have movies under his care (as Director) come out this well.

The story of a middle aged playboy and his short-lived, would be, apprentice, a shy student ... Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant, are brilliant and 17 year old Catherine Spaak turns in a mind-blowing performance, surely the best "teenage" performance, ever, (think the Breakfast Club X 100) setting a very high, difficult bar for herself in the process.

As the previous reviewer said, 10 out of 10; now if we can only get a real re-release, not a damn bootleg.

** You know you're watching a ground-breaking movie when a guy, the playboy protaganist, "exhuberant" throughout, suddenly gives the game away. It happens in a scene at a beach shower, where he is singing zestfully - "a man in love with life," and then suddenly stops altogether, the game up and shrugs his shoulder. I don't know such a thing had ever been tried before in all of Cinema. The stunning effect when Vittorio Gassman, as the playboy, drops the mask that all wear (in Italy, literally one's "second face") is overwhelming, like a pistol shot on a deserted street.

Groundbreaking in every way and not a little frightening, like a summer day suddenly ruined by an angry quarrel! (pick a metaphor). SEE IT!


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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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Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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