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The Scopone Game (1972)

Lo scopone scientifico (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 30 October 1973 (Portugal)
Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

Director:

Luigi Comencini

Writer:

Rodolfo Sonego (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Peppino
Silvana Mangano ... Antonia
Joseph Cotten ... George
Bette Davis ... The Millionairess
Mario Carotenuto Mario Carotenuto ... The 'Professor'
Domenico Modugno ... Righetto
Antonella Di Maggio Antonella Di Maggio ... Cleopatra
Daniele Dublino
Luciana Lehar Luciana Lehar ... Jolanda, Peppino's sister
Franca Scagnetti Franca Scagnetti ... Pasqualina
Luciano Martana Luciano Martana
Aristide Caporale Aristide Caporale
Alfredo Capri Alfredo Capri
Goffredo Pistoni Goffredo Pistoni
Leonardo Pantaleo Leonardo Pantaleo
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Every year, a Countess invites a poor Italian family to play in a card game.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

30 October 1973 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scopone Game See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alberto Sordi refused to communicate with Bette Davis in English on the set and made her very angry. Of her co-star she said, "My name for Albert Sordi was Albert Sordid. It was unforgivable of him to refuse to speak English with me, especially as he spoke very good English." See more »

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The Last Of Bette
21 December 2004 | by arichmondfwcSee all my reviews

It was Bette Davis last great film and in the States we don't even know it exists. I think it was released in secrecy under the title "The Scientific card-player" and if I'm not wrong dubbed in English, I wonder who was the marketing genius behind that move. The film is a tragicomic gem. Bette Davis speaks a few words in English and the very few words in Italian she utters where dubbed but, I swear to you I thought it was her. The work of the dubber is astonishing. Totally seamless. I hear she didn't get along with Alberto Sordi, what a surprise. She referred to him as "Mr. Sordid". But beyond those little trivia things, let me tell you, it's a wonderful film. Alberto Sordi, one of the greatest but practically unknown in the States, gives a sensational performance. A brutally comic, full of pathos tour de force. Silvana Mangano playing an under proletarian is a delight and Joseph Cotten is Joseph Cotten in the loveliest possible way. I haven't mention what the film is about and I'm not going to. I couldn't do it justice. Try to find it somewhere. You'll thank me, but don't bother, the pleasure was all mine.


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