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The Boom (1963)

Il boom (original title)
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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.


Vittorio De Sica



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Alberto Sordi ... Giovanni Alberti
Gianna Maria Canale ... Silvia Alberti
Elena Nicolai ... Mrs. Bausetti
Ettore Geri Ettore Geri ... Mr. Bausetti
Mariolina Bovo Mariolina Bovo ... Mrs. Faravalli
Gloria Cervi Gloria Cervi ... Mrs. Baratti
Sandra Verani Sandra Verani ... Mrs. Dronazzi
Sandro Merli Sandro Merli ... Dronazzi
Antonio Mambretti Antonio Mambretti ... Faravalli
Alceo Barnabei Alceo Barnabei ... Baratti
Ugo Silvestri Ugo Silvestri ... Gardinazzi
Maria Grazia Buccella ... Secretary
Federico Giordano Federico Giordano ... Silvia's father
Franco Abbina Franco Abbina ... Assistant occulist
Matelda Scotti Matelda Scotti ... Riccardo's wife


During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

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The Unseen Film by Vittorio De Sica









Release Date:

25 September 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El especulador See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,164, 18 June 2017

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Though released in Italy in 1963, the film was denied distribution in U.S. theaters until 2017. See more »


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18 October 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It may well be Vittorio De Sica's best sixties (overlooked) movie.A very somber comedy,with Alberto Sordi on the top of his form.This movie has a contemporary feel:what could one person do to stay (or to become ) rich? A broke businessman is approached with a smile by a middle-aged lady (wife of a wealthy man) .He believes she wants to make him her lover .Little did he know she would ask for one of the most precious parts of his body (no,it is not what you are thinking of,but I won't write a spoiler and reveal what it is).Like Comencini's "Lo Scopone Scientifico" ,"Il Boom" deals with man's exploitation of his fellow man. De Sica ,Comencini and Dino Risi are much more accessible directors than Fellini or Antonioni but their words don't cut;they bite.

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