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His Days Are Numbered (1962)

I giorni contati (original title)
A middle-aged plumber quits his job and questions his life after seeing somebody his own age suddenly die from a heart attack on his way to work.

Director:

Elio Petri

Writers:

Tonino Guerra (story), Elio Petri (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Salvo Randone ... Cesare Conversi
Franco Sportelli Franco Sportelli ... Amilcare Franceschelli
Regina Bianchi Regina Bianchi ... Giulia
Marcella Valeri Marcella Valeri ... Madre di Graziella
Angela Minervini Angela Minervini ... Graziella
Renato Maddalena Renato Maddalena
Alberto Amato Alberto Amato
Giulio Battiferri Giulio Battiferri ... Spartaco
Vittorio Bottone Vittorio Bottone
Lando Buzzanca ... Figlio di Cesare
Aldo Dini Aldo Dini
Vittorio Donati Vittorio Donati
Pasquale Esposito Pasquale Esposito
Vincenzo Falanga Vincenzo Falanga ... Mazzolatore
Egidio Porzia Egidio Porzia
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Storyline

A middle-aged plumber quits his job and questions his life after seeing somebody his own age suddenly die from a heart attack on his way to work.

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Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 November 1962 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

De dagen zijn geteld See more »

Filming Locations:

Oriolo Romano, Lazio, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Titanus, Metro See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Won the award for best film at the March 1962 Mar del Plata Festival in Argentina. See more »

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Referenced in Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Legata a un granello di sabbia
Written by Nico Fidenco and Gianni Marchetti
Performed by Nico Fidenco
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Numbered Days : I Giorni contati
2 March 2005 | by devospartacusSee all my reviews

Never released in America, Petri's second feature displays the same evocative mix of realism and symbolism found in THE LADY KILLER OF ROME. Cowritten by the prominent scenarist Tonino Guerra (a favorite collaborator of Petri, Antonioni, Rosi, and other Italian luminaries), the film stars Salvo Randone as Cesare, a lonely Roman plumber in his early fifties. Traveling by tram one day, he witnesses the sudden death, by heart attack, of a man his own age. The event shocks him into the realization that his own days might be numbered, and he becomes determined to make the most of the time he has left. Quitting his job, he sets out with enthusiasm to enjoy the finer things in life, but the effort only leaves him dispirited and disillusioned.


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