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Acqua e sapone (1983)

PG | | Comedy | 18 October 1985 (USA)
An Italian-born actress turned stage mother brings her daughter Sandy to Rome for three months' work as a supermodel. Sandy, who's between "soap and water" and womanhood, needs a tutor. Mom... See full summary »

Director:

Carlo Verdone

Writers:

Franco Ferrini (screenplay), Franco Ferrini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carlo Verdone ... Rolando Ferrazza
Natasha Hovey ... Sandy Walsh
Glenn Saxson ... Ted (as Glenn Saxon)
Elena Fabrizi Elena Fabrizi ... Sora Ines (Rolando's grandmother)
Fabrizio Bracconeri Fabrizio Bracconeri ... Enzo
Michele Mirabella Michele Mirabella ... Guidi
Philip Dallas Philip Dallas ... Father Spinetti
Florinda Bolkan ... Wilma Walsh, Sandy's mother
Anna Maria Torniai Anna Maria Torniai ... Lucia, sor Gino's widow
Maurizio Romoli Maurizio Romoli ... Conference Journalist
Guido Mariotti Guido Mariotti ... Conference Journalist
Alvaro Gradella Alvaro Gradella ... Conference Journalist
Alberto Canepa Alberto Canepa
Vito Passeri Vito Passeri ... Waiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Romano Vilella Romano Vilella ... Rude Guy (as Er Torella)
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Storyline

An Italian-born actress turned stage mother brings her daughter Sandy to Rome for three months' work as a supermodel. Sandy, who's between "soap and water" and womanhood, needs a tutor. Mom wants scholarly Father Spinelli, but when she calls his school, she reaches Rolando, a janitor who longs to teach. He's broke, so robed as a priest, he shows up to take the job. He's a terrific teacher, but Sandy soon realizes he's not Spinelli and will keep quiet only if he'll take her out under the guise of study. When mom meets the real Spinelli and sacks the child-like Rolando, Sandy sulks; then she figures out how to act on her feelings for Rolando and on her emerging maturity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

18 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soap and Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Intercapital See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Verdone style!
6 September 2004 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

The fourth film of Carlo Verdone is another interesting result of the style of its actor-director. Verdone -who is considered by many people the heir of Alberto Sordi- offers an intelligent and never vulgar comedy, with good dialogs. An unemployed professor pretend to be a priest (from a catholic college) in order to get a job. He succeed in teaching a young girl, a young model...

"Acqua e sapone" has a very simple story, it's the story of two different worlds which meet. The interesting point is that the character of Carlo Verdone has to take another "identity" for getting in touch with the snubbish world of the girl and her family, and the girl has to "transform" herself each time in modeling... The film is a comedy but has sweet and sour moments. In an ordinary Hollywood comedy the classic happy end would have been compulsory. Not here (in European and in Italian comedies in particular there's always a mixture of jokes and sadness). The film contains the typical ingredients of the Verdone style: laughs, gags, and impossibility of reaching a quiet life. Another highlight of this movie (of a young Verdone) is the presence of Elena Fabrizi, "sora Lella" (the sister of Italian legendary actor Aldo Fabrizi). Her lines in Roman dialect are simply amazing!


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