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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 ... 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 ... 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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Did You Know?


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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Great comedy with depth.
3 August 2017 | by jbgeorgesSee all my reviews

Mario Monicelli is definitely one of the greatest directors of Italian cinema and Alberto Sordi is an absolute Genius. Here they team up again...And what a great fun it was to discover this less known little gem of the early eighties! Sordi is an atypical and fanciful aristocrat who plays the fool to forget the emptiness and uselessness of his own life in the context of french Napoleonic troops invading Italy, bringing along a few revolutionary ideas...It's a light, refreshing and very enjoyable comedy, addressing some very serious and deep questions like the power of the Catholic Church and the Pope, the aristocrats' privileges, justice, corruption, forgiveness and much more. There is even a delicious part where a coal cutter is being mistaken as the marquis, Sordi having great fun playing both roles...Indeed you can watch it many times and you will be amazed how fun and deep this movie can be.

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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