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Compagni di scuola (1988)

Former high school friends meet for a party after 15 years, only to discover that much of the innocence and friendship is gone.

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Carlo Verdone

Writers:

Carlo Verdone (story), Rossella Contessi (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Verdone ... Piero 'Il Patata' Ruffolo
Christian De Sica ... Ciardulli aka Tony Brando
Nancy Brilli Nancy Brilli ... Federica
Eleonora Giorgi ... Valeria Donati
Massimo Ghini ... On. Mauro Valenzani
Angelo Bernabucci Angelo Bernabucci ... Walter Finocchiaro
Natasha Hovey ... Cristina Romagnoli
Giusi Cataldo Giusi Cataldo ... Margherita Serafini
Luisa Maneri Luisa Maneri ... Gloria Montanari
Athina Cenci Athina Cenci ... Maria Rita Amoroso
Piero Natoli Piero Natoli ... Luca Guglielmi
Alessandro Benvenuti Alessandro Benvenuti ... Lino Santolamazza
Maurizio Ferrini Maurizio Ferrini ... Armando Lepore
Isa Gallinelli Isa Gallinelli ... Jolanda Scarpellini
Giovanni Vettorazzo Giovanni Vettorazzo ... Francesco Toscani
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Federica, mantenuta di lusso, riunisce nella sua villa al mare, dopo quindici anni dalla licenza liceale, un folto gruppo di ex-compagni di scuola: Maria Rita, single e psicologa; Gloria, ragazza madre; Valeria, giornalista ; Gioia, sterile e un po' fuori di testa; Jolanda, petulante zitella; Margherita, insoddisfatta moglie di un gelosissimo carabiniere; Francesco, imbellito ma insoddisfatto; Fabris, il bello della classe, peggiorato fisicamente e persino calvo; Luca, ex-marito di Valeria, vignettista satirico; Bruno, cantante fallito; Attemi, videomane; Armando, eterno bambinone; Gino, magistrato finto paralitico; Mauro, squallido politicante; Ottavio, insopportabile sapientone; Finocchiaro, burino macellaio; Piero "il Patata", estroverso professore di liceo, afflitto da una moglie volgare ed ingenuamente innamorato della sua allieva Cristina. Dal pomeriggio all'alba successiva, l'incontro rivela le illusioni, le nevrosi ed i fallimenti di una generazione piena di problemi. Alla ... Written by rosebud6

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

21 December 1988 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Az osztálytalálkozó See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Verdone masterpiece?
21 February 2001 | by folgore73See all my reviews

Is this movie Verdone's masterpiece? Many think so. I think the movie is a pivotal point in Carlo Verdone movie making career.Verdone makes a massive effort in trying to blend the character based style of many previous films with a new, more story based, kind. Verdone is tired of the old formula, but at the same time is not ready to make a movie that does not include strong life-like characters. The final result is a mixture of the old character based formula with a more story oriented one.The movie itself is rather good, but don't expect the side splitting scenes that made Verdone an household name. Expect more a sort of "Un sacco bello" meets "Borotalco".The Roman characters are still there, Angelo Finocchiaro the butcher is a master stroke, but so is the sadness of "Un sacco bello".Verdone character is an adult version of "Mimmo" from the early movies. But this time Mimmo has got a girlfriend; this is the bit that makes me think that Verdone is tired of acting the part of the unlucky sweet guy.The artist is torn between the sure and familiar style and a new more interesting one. But the new style is also very dangerous, will the public understand the change of direction? Will it follow the beloved Verdone even if the movies are not so funny anymore?. After this movie the great Roman actor/director/writer was to start making a new breed of movies where the characters are less prominent. Basically Verdone leaves Rome, and all its colorful but sometime heavy characters, for a more "international" background where new and less worn characters can develop. The results are a mixed bag. Some movies are good, some are very bad. But overall the bad ones will outweigh the nice ones. So much so that Verdone went back to the tried and tested character based formula with his latest productions. "Compagni di scuola" deserves to be seen.The movie can amuse almost anyone, but Verdone fans can really see the painful transformation of Verdone old style in the new one. A must see for fans, a good movie for anyone else.


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