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The Little Devil (1988)

Il piccolo diavolo (original title)
During an exorcism, father Maurice meets a little devil named Giuditta, who refuses to return to hell and decides to discover the world.


Roberto Benigni


Roberto Benigni (story), Giuseppe Bertolucci (story) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Roberto Benigni ... Giuditta
Walter Matthau ... Padre Maurizio
Stefania Sandrelli ... Patrizia
Giacomo Piperno Giacomo Piperno ... Passeggero sul treno
Franco Fabrizi ... Monsignore
Nicoletta Braschi ... Nina
Paolo Baroni Paolo Baroni ... Saverio
Annabella Schiavone Annabella Schiavone ... Signora indemoniata
John Karlsen ... Anziano monsignore
John Lurie ... Cusatelli
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefano Antonucci Stefano Antonucci
Paola Batticciotto Paola Batticciotto
Flavio Bonacci
Giulia Borghini Giulia Borghini
Bianca Maria Borraccetti Bianca Maria Borraccetti


Father Maurice, a priest living in a residential college for priests in Rome, is called out one day to "exorcise" the devil from someone. The devil turns out to be in the form of a fun-loving man called Giuditta. What Father Maurice doesn't know is that this type of devil will turn his life around. Written by Stefano "SWEEVO" Pavone

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The film is dedicated to Donato Sannini and Andrea Pazienza, two friends of the director who died during the making of the film See more »

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The main titles are displayed as if written on papyrus, with a variety of colours in the background, and they subsequently "burn away" and dissolve. See more »


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One of the greatest
29 December 2005 | by roar-auneSee all my reviews

I've seen ( rented ) this movie in VHS with English voice and Norwegian subtitles a few years back. Been searching for it now for a long time without any success. The film is one of the funniest I've ever seen. It seems to me that the distributor is missing a fine turnover by not releasing the film in DVD. Id be grateful for any tips where to get this movie in English, in Italian I will miss the finer meaning of the words unfortunately. Benigni is one of the most talented film-makers around, I enjoy his work both in front of and in the back of the camera. This is what I wanted to say, however the silly rule is that one have to write at least 10 lines so the last words are nothing but some fill-up to achieve the 10 lines

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20 October 1988 (Italy) See more »

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