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A Boy from Calabria (1987)

Un ragazzo di Calabria (original title)
Dad wants his 13-year-old son to work harder and smarter than he himself did; thus justifying the beatings and scoldings given the boy. The boy was also forced to work with some rope manufacturers who worked him like a dog.

Director:

Luigi Comencini

Writers:

Demetrio Casile (previous screenplay), Francesca Comencini | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gian Maria Volontè ... Felice
Diego Abatantuono Diego Abatantuono ... Nicola
Thérèse Liotard ... Maria 'Mariuccia' Sileca
Santo Polimeno Santo Polimeno ... Mimi
Giada Desideri Giada Desideri ... Crisolinda (as Giada Faggioli)
Enzo Ruoti Enzo Ruoti
Jacques Peyrac Jacques Peyrac
Jean Rene Masrevery Jean Rene Masrevery
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alessandro Casile Alessandro Casile
Rosario Costantino Rosario Costantino
Bruno Crisafio Bruno Crisafio
Raffaela De Carolis Raffaela De Carolis
Antonino Gangemi Antonino Gangemi
Giuseppe Gangemi Giuseppe Gangemi
Rosa Maria Giuffrifa Rosa Maria Giuffrifa
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Dad wants his 13-year-old son to work harder and smarter than he himself did; thus justifying the beatings and scoldings given the boy. The boy was also forced to work with some rope manufacturers who worked him like a dog.

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A dream...a hero...a champion!

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 September 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Un muchacho de Calabria See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Run, run, run!
6 August 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

A BOY FROM CALABRIA is a nice story set in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy's south. It is the story of 13-year-old Mimi' (well-played by Santo Polimeno), who achieves earthly ecstasy whenever he is running...and always in bare feet, like his hero, the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila, who won the Olympic marathon in 1960, when this story is set. Mimi's own ambition is to participate in the youth race in Rome, despite the firm opposition of his gruff and slightly insane father who thinks running at all is a time-waster and beats his son to prove the point. Director Luigi Comencini has a tradition of making fine films about children, such as PROIBITO RUBARE and LA FINESTRA SUL LUNA PARK. Gian Maria Volonte', the great Italian actor seen in CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI, plays the boy's bus-driver/mentor Felice. The film is not perfect. It lags here and there and should develop more momentum than it does toward the end. But it is a fine film to show young people studying Italian or Italian culture.


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