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Scugnizzi (1989)

Fortunato Assante is an out of work actor. He agrees to take a job teaching drama at a reform school.


Nanni Loy
9 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Leo Gullotta ... Fortunato Assante
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francesco Allocca Francesco Allocca ... Kid
Gaetano Amato Gaetano Amato
Pino Ammendola Pino Ammendola ... Salvatore (voice)
Sara Basile Sara Basile ... Iodice
Germano Bellavia
Pietro Bertone ... (as Pierino Bertone)
Bruno Bilotta ... Don Nicola
Alessandro Borgese Alessandro Borgese ... Motociclista
Christian Capone Christian Capone ... Beniamino
Pino Caruso Pino Caruso ... The judge
Italo Celoro Italo Celoro ... Mastracchio
Giacomo Colella Giacomo Colella ... Cazzillo
Tosca D'Aquino ... Teresa
Giuseppe De Rosa Giuseppe De Rosa ... Migliaccio


Fortunato Assante is an out of work actor. He agrees to take a job teaching drama at a reform school.

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Musical | Drama







Release Date:

12 October 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Kids See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy

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Italian censorship visa # 84969 delivered on 5-9-1989. See more »

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Street kids of Naples, singing.
14 March 2002 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

"Scugnizzi" are the often homeless street kids of Naples we have seen portrayed in numerous films made in Italy since World War II such as Rossellini's Naples episode of PAISAN and Comencini's PROIBITO RUBARE. This film combines the social inquiry of a latter-day neorealist film with the levity of an MGM Rooney/Garland "let's put on a show" musical. That levity, however, unlike with MGM, admits of a tragic edge, and the film even incorporates the story of a boy who is killed by the Naples mob.

Leo Gulotta plays Fortunato Assante, a two-bit actor who is pressured into putting on a show with the kids in a Neapolitan boys' reformatory. The real-life tragedies and horror stories of the boys and their families are blended into and intercut with the stage show at the San Carlo Opera House that is the result of all their efforts.

The elaborate musical and dance tableaus depicting the sadder aspects of Neapolitan poverty are really very appealing and wonderfully directed by Nanni Loy (who gave us THE FOUR DAYS OF NAPLES and MI MANDA PICONE.) They are the highlight of the film. The choreography and singing are uniformly excellent. One of the pieces evokes the "sweeping away the drug paraphernalia" fantasy sequence of Rosi's THREE BROTHERS.

The beautiful little kid that sings the uneasy solo that always makes him sick is actually dubbed by an adult female soprano! I wanted to believe it was his own angel-voice! It is nevertheless one of the most moving parts of this very special movie which has, sadly, never been shown commercially in America.

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