A meek middle-aged man takes justice in his own hands.


Mario Monicelli


Vincenzo Cerami (novel), Sergio Amidei (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Giovanni Vivaldi
Shelley Winters ... Amalia Vivaldi
Vincenzo Crocitti Vincenzo Crocitti ... Mario Vivaldi
Renzo Carboni Renzo Carboni ... Robber
Romolo Valli ... Dr. Spaziani
Enrico Beruschi ... Toti
Francesco D'Adda Francesco D'Adda ... (as Francesco D'Adda Salvaterra)
Marcello Di Martire Marcello Di Martire
Edoardo Florio Edoardo Florio
Ettore Garofolo ... Young Man on Street
Mario Maffei Mario Maffei
Renato Malavasi Renato Malavasi ... Direttore del cimitero
Antonio Meschini Antonio Meschini
Aldo Miranda Aldo Miranda
Paolo Paoloni ... Impiegato allampanato


Giovanni Vivaldi is an average middle-aged man with a secure job as a government accountant. He wishes nothing more than to set up his only son Mario, his biggest pride in the world, with the same secure government job before he eventually retires. For this, Giovanni will stop at nothing...

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When the insect dies, near the end of the film, the cord that makes the (fake) insect twitch can be seen. See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Machine: Una vita per il cinema (1978) See more »

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I was impressed
25 January 2021 | by over-13829See all my reviews

I've always been eager to see movies with the great Alberto Sordi in the lead role. Usually they are comedies, some very successful. This time we find him in a movie that starts as a comedy, then becomes extremely dramatic, it even makes you shiver. Hours after I just watched him I keep thinking about him. Life is sometimes very unfair to some. The way he does justice is fully justified, after seeing how much he loved his son for whom he did everything to see him employed in a good position, he also gives his son marital advice, in a word, he takes care of his future as well as possible, even resorting to the help of Freemasonry. No such films are made anymore. nowadays.

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Release Date:

17 March 1977 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Very Little Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Auro Cinematografica See more »
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1.85 : 1
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