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Il Postino: The Postman (1994)

Il postino (original title)
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Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

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Antonio Skármeta (novel), Furio Scarpelli (story) | 6 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 30 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Philippe Noiret ... Pablo Neruda
Massimo Troisi ... Mario Ruoppolo
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Beatrice Russo
Renato Scarpa ... Telegrapher
Linda Moretti Linda Moretti ... Donna Rosa
Sergio Solli Sergio Solli
Carlo Di Maio Carlo Di Maio
Nando Neri Nando Neri
Vincenzo Di Sauro Vincenzo Di Sauro
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Alfredo Cozzolino Alfredo Cozzolino
Mariano Rigillo Mariano Rigillo ... Di Cosimo
Anna Bonaiuto ... Matilde
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Storyline

Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island for political reasons. On the island, the unemployed son of a poor fisherman is hired as an extra postman due to the huge increase in mail that this causes. Il Postino is to hand-deliver the celebrity's mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda. Struggling to grow and express himself more fully, he suddenly falls in love and needs Neruda's help and guidance more than ever. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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A shy postman didn't stand a chance with the island's most beautiful woman until the great poet of love gave him the courage to follow his dreams...and the words to win her heart. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | Belgium

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il Postino See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$234,643, 20 September 1996

Gross USA:

$21,848,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,900,000
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Dolby Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Written by Francisco Canaro (as F. Canaro) and Luis César Amadori (as L.C. Amadori)
Performed by Carlos Gardel
Courtesy of E. Musical Pirovano
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Lovely Little Film About the Power of Words
8 May 2009 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

A sweet, gentle film about a quiet postman who discovers the power of poetry in winning the heart of his true love.

Massimo Troisi gives a warm, wonderful performance as said postman, while Phillipe Noiret plays the poet Pablo Neruda. The setting, a sleepy Italian village, gives the film a cozy atmosphere, and it's got a lovely score to match.

One of the rare foreign-language films to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, it lost to the thunderingly stupid "Braveheart." Mel Gibson could use a little poetry himself.

Grade: A


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