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The Stolen Children (1992)

Il ladro di bambini (original title)
Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing ... See full summary »

Director:

Gianni Amelio

Writers:

Gianni Amelio (story), Sandro Petraglia (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrico Lo Verso ... Antonio
Valentina Scalici ... Rosetta
Giuseppe Ieracitano ... Luciano
Florence Darel Florence Darel ... Martine
Marina Golovine Marina Golovine ... Nathalie
Renato Carpentieri ... Maresciallo
Vitalba Andrea ... Sorella di Antonio
Fabio Alessandrini Fabio Alessandrini ... Grignani
Vincenzo Peluso ... Carabiniere napoletano
Massimo De Lorenzo Massimo De Lorenzo ... Papaleo
Celeste Brancato Celeste Brancato ... Signora Papaleo
Santo Santonocito Santo Santonocito ... Carabiniere siciliano
Lello Serao Lello Serao ... Cliente casa Rosetta
Agostino Zumbo Agostino Zumbo ... Sacerdote istituto
Maria Pia Di Giovanni Maria Pia Di Giovanni ... Madre Rosetta
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Storyline

Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the relation between Antonio and the children is tough, but it relaxes so they become temporary friends. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

Italy | France | Switzerland

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Ladrão de Crianças See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,524, 7 March 1993

Gross USA:

$931,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$931,280
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Director Gianni Amelio was inspired to write this film after reading an article in a newspaper. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Joannis Amaelii, animula, vagula blandula (1992) See more »

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Anna da dimenticare
Written by Paolo Limiti, Renato Pareti
Performed by I Nuovi Angeli
Courtesy of Warner Chappell
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Enthralled by the children's performances
18 August 1999 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

This movie is the story of a journey, a common theme among movie-makers. In this film a policeman is charged with the transfer of two children (aged 11 and 9)from Milano to a Home for Children in Sicily. It is based on a newspaper report which gives authenticity to the story. Remarkable performances are given by the children who amazingly have had no previous experience in film-acting. Eye contact between the main characters is particularly powerful. The policeman also acts convincingly. He finds the resentful children a difficult pair to control. The 11-year old has a secret(about her life of prostitution) and her young brother is an asthmatic sadly in need of his father who has abandoned them. There are some tender scenes in the film where the policeman introduces the children to his happy extended family, where the policeman gives the boy some swimming lessons in the sea and where they agree to find each other when the boy leaves the Home at 15 years of age. A simple theme but so enthralling.


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