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Il marchese del Grillo (1981)

A mischievous nobleman and his poor doppelganger get into serious troubles when a practical joke endangers the Pope.


Mario Monicelli


Bernardino Zapponi (story), Leonardo Benvenuti (story) | 9 more credits »
9 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Alberto Sordi ... Il marchese Onofrio Del Grillo / Il carbonaio Gasperino
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Il Papa Pio VII
Caroline Berg Caroline Berg ... Olimpia Martin
Riccardo Billi Riccardo Billi ... Aronne Piperino
Flavio Bucci ... Fra' Bastiano
Camillo Milli Camillo Milli ... Segretario del Papa
Cochi Ponzoni Cochi Ponzoni ... Il conte Rambaldo
Marc Porel ... Il capitano francese Blanchard
Pietro Tordi Pietro Tordi ... Monsignor Terenzio Del Grillo
Leopoldo Trieste ... Il padre Sabino
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Bevilacqua Andrea Bevilacqua ... Pompeo
Tommaso Bianco Tommaso Bianco ... Amministratore
Angela Campanella Angela Campanella ... Faustina
Alfredo Cohen Alfredo Cohen
Marina Confalone Marina Confalone ... Camilla Del Grillo


The marquess of Grillo is a good-natured, clever and women-loving man who is always inventing stories and cracking all types of jokes. The film tells the story of his life. Written by Volker Boehm

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Comedy | History


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Actor Paolo Stoppa, who plays Pope Pio VII in this movie, has the unusual record of having played the role of a Pope no less than four times in his career, including Saint Peter in Nerone (1977), Alexander III in Becket (1964) and an unnamed Pope in Jus primae noctis (1972). See more »


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Music and lyrics Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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Alberto Sordi is simply the best!
28 September 2000 | by focondSee all my reviews

Il "Marchese del Grillo" is an incredibly enjoying movie,Alberto Sordi is absolutely a "maestro" of acting.He portrays his character in a really smashing way.You can realize better and agree with what I'm saying,if you can understand the Roman dialect,as I do.Alberto is great not only because he depicts this really existed character in a very convincing way ,but he also adds fun to the movie through the creation of Gasperino,the drunken coal seller. I think that all those American actors of Italian origins should understand and recognize that he's really their own "maestro" too. In a few words Alberto represents for the world of the cinema what Dante Alighieri still represents for the world literature Apart from our big Alberto,I must also praise the performance of the rest of the cast and the wise direction of Mario Monicelli.According to me he's the only director in the world who has always succeeded in depicting in a very faithful and convincing manner different historical periods of my country, that's Italy.

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Release Date:

23 December 1981 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El marqués del Grillo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tarquinia, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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