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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
Orazio Stracuzzi
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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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: The Postman 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Massimo Troisi was so weak that it was only possible for him to work for about an hour each day. Most of his scenes were shot in one or two takes. A shooting schedule was designed to allow the film to be shot around him. This was aided greatly by the fact his stand-in bore such a striking resemblance to Troisi. He was used for all back to camera, long/medium shots and most of the bicycle riding sequences. Director Michael Radford has said that watching the film after it was cut together even he was unable to tell the difference between the two men. See more »

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Pablo Neruda: We poets are all fat.
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The Italian version of the film includes an additional title credit for Massimo Troisi, listed as co-director of the movie together with Michael Radford. See more »

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Madreselva
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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Poetry in motion
9 April 2001 | by shankar_kSee all my reviews

A beautiful movie that does an excellent job bringing to life Neruda's love poems and how they touch the life of a simpleton postman. It inspires in one, a spiritual and sensual love for poetry. The music is intricately woven into the fabric of the story, and is surely a high point in the movie. Great cinematography, matched frame by frame with the splendid acting, especially that of Massimo Troisi and Philippe Noiret. Watch this movie if you are disillusioned with the notion of romance, and need some succour.

The movie once again reinforces my admiration for the Italian film-makers. What amazes me is their simplicity in relating a tale, and how subtly pathos is displayed in their movies. This is also evidenced in "Life is Beautiful" and "The Bicycle Thief".


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