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The Tiger and the Snow (2005)

La tigre e la neve (original title)
A love-struck Italian poet is stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion.

Director:

Roberto Benigni
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Roberto Benigni ... Attilio de Giovanni
Jean Reno ... Fuad
Nicoletta Braschi ... Vittoria
Tom Waits ... Self
Emilia Fox ... Nancy Browning
Gianfranco Varetto Gianfranco Varetto ... Avvocato Scuotilancia
Giuseppe Battiston ... Ermanno
Lucia Poli Lucia Poli ... Signora Serao
Chiara Pirri Chiara Pirri ... Emilia
Anna Pirri Anna Pirri ... Rosa
Andrea Renzi ... Dottor Guazzelli
Abdelhafid Metalsi Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Dottore Salman
Amid Farid Amid Farid ... Al Giumeil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohmed Hedi Bahri Mohmed Hedi Bahri ... Firas scarpe
Franco Barbero Franco Barbero
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Love and injury in time of war. Attilio de Giovanni teaches poetry in Italy. He has a romantic soul, and women love him. But he is in love with Vittoria, and the love is unrequited. Every night he dreams of marrying her, in his boxer shorts and t-shirt, as Tom Waits sings. Vittoria travels to Iraq with her friend, Fuad, a poet; they are there with the second Gulf War breaks out. Vittoria is injured. Attilio must get to her side, and then, as war rages around him, he must find her the medical care she needs. In war, does love conquer all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

Roberto Benigni named his character "Attilio" as a tribute to poet Attilio Bertolucci (1911-2000) father of famous directors Giuseppe and Bernardo Bertolucci. See more »

Goofs

When Attilio is stopped by US soldiers near Baghdad, a tall mountain range can be seen in the background, when there are no such mountains anywhere near Baghdad. See more »

Quotes

Attilio de Giovanni: Allah, the only prayer I know is the Lord's Prayer in Italian. Do you understand Italian? It's a beautiful prayer.
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Alternate Versions

On the North American home video release, the aspect ratio was cropped to 1.85:1. See more »

Connections

Features The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can Never Hold Back Spring
Written by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Performed by Tom Waits
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(The) Beautiful, (the) Gripping and (the) Hilarious
16 October 2005 | by MaxBorg89See all my reviews

After the Holocaust, Roberto Benigni tackles a more recent but still tricky subject: the second Gulf War.And just like he did with his masterpiece, La Vita è Bella, he perfectly mixes comedy and tragedy, telling a story about love, life and death.

The first half-hour is 100% comedy, as we see Attilio de Giovanni(Benigni) take care of his teenage daughters, teach poetry at university, befriend a camel and desperately woo a woman, Vittoria (Nicoletta Braschi).There's even time for a really funny Sergio Leone homage. The trouble begins when Vittoria is dying in a hospital in Baghdad during the war (she went to Iraq to write a book), and Attilio tries to save her life with the help of his friend and fellow poet Fuad (Jean Reno, whose Italian is remarkably good).Expect a race against the clock stuffed with some incredibly funny material: more camels, Attilio praying Allah (one of the highlights) and even getting caught by American troops because suspected of being a suicide-bomber ("I am Italian" is what he keeps screaming during said scene).

There are a few plot holes (mostly concerning Fuad and his final scene,which has no explanation), but luckily the movie works anyway. Benigni has lost none of his vitality, and he uses all of it in this great picture reminiscent of Chaplin's best films (there's an explicit reference to City Lights).

Poetic and unbelievably beautiful, not to mention really funny, it's a must-see for lovers of European cinema throughout the world.

8,5/10


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

14 October 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tiger and the Snow See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,701, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$10,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,460,023
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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