A Sicilian peasant begins the journey to the promised land and meets a beautiful Englishwoman. But neither is prepared for the harsh realities of Ellis Island. Can they make it through the golden door to the America of their dreams?

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Emanuele Crialese
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Lucy Reed
Vincenzo Amato ... Salvatore Mancuso
Vincent Schiavelli ... Marriage Broker - on board ship
Aurora Quattrocchi Aurora Quattrocchi ... Fortunata Mancuso
Francesco Casisa ... Angelo Mancuso
Filippo Pucillo ... Pietro Mancuso
Federica De Cola Federica De Cola ... Rita D'Agostini
Isabella Ragonese ... Rosa Napolitano
Filippo Luna ... Don Ercole
Andrea Prodan Andrea Prodan ... Mister Del Fiore
Ernesto Mahieux ... Dottor. Zampino
Marcelo Benassi Marcelo Benassi ... Il Gatto (as Paride Benassai)
Giuseppe Sangiorgi Giuseppe Sangiorgi ... Uomo Olive
Alessandra Fazzino Alessandra Fazzino ... Santa
Giuseppe Culino Giuseppe Culino ... Dottore (as Giuseppe Cutino)
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Storyline

The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. Before they embark, they meet Lucy. She is supposed to be a British lady and wants to come back to the States. Lucy, or Luce as Salvatore calls her, for unknown reasons wants to marry someone before to arrive to Ellis Island in New York. Salvatore accepts the proposal. Once they arrive in Ellis Island they spend the quarantine period trying to pass the examinations to be admitted to the States. Tests are not so simple for poor farmers coming from Sicily. Their destiny is in the hands of the custom officers. Written by 1felco

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A remarkable vision. A dream of a better life. A romance that would change their lives forever.

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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

'Giuseppe Paternò Raddusa' auditioned to play Pietro Mancuso, the role went to Filippo Pucillo. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Reed: Madam? Madam. Could you lower your voice? I have a headache.
Fortunata Mancuso: Then have one! What do I care? Who does she think she is? This is the last thing I need. A journey like this ahead and she has a headache.
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Featured in No Small Parts: Vincent Schiavelli (2014) See more »

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Feeling good
Words and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, Adapted and Performed by Nina Simone
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Excellent Movie, Surprisingly Factually Correct
28 April 2009 | by juju-beeSee all my reviews

This review is in response to the submission wondering how factually correct the movie was...

Saw this movie last year and found it inspiring that hopeful immigrants, like my Italian grandparents who came through Ellis Island at the turn of the last century, would subject themselves to all manner of invasive inspection just to enter America.

It was certainly eye opening, since my grandparents never spoke of anything terrible while there. My grandmother was 5-years old and my grandfather 18 when they arrived.

I just returned from a trip to New York where I had the pleasure of visiting Ellis Island and the museum actually walks you through the immigration evaluation process - The filmmaker obviously did his research, right down to the medical exams and equipment, questions and puzzles. They are all there at the museum. Even the wedding pictures and the review board room -- Factually correct! Anyone who has immigrant grandparents should see this movie. Inspirational to say the least.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English | Sicilian

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Golden Door See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,744, 27 May 2007

Gross USA:

$1,070,769

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,228,273
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2.35 : 1
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