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The Friends at the Margherita Cafe (2009)

Gli amici del bar Margherita (original title)
Bologna, 1954. Taddeo, a young man of 18 whom everyone calls Kid, dreams of becoming one of the regulars of the mythical Margherita Café, located under the portico across from his family's ... See full summary »


Pupi Avati


Pupi Avati (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diego Abatantuono Diego Abatantuono ... Al
Laura Chiatti ... Marcella
Fabio De Luigi Fabio De Luigi ... Gian
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Manuelo
Neri Marcorè Neri Marcorè ... Bep
Luisa Ranieri ... Ninni
Pierpaolo Zizzi Pierpaolo Zizzi ... Taddeo
Claudio Botosso Claudio Botosso ... Zanchi
Gianni Ippoliti Gianni Ippoliti ... Sarti
Niki Giustini Niki Giustini ... Pus
Bob Messini Bob Messini ... Mentos
Caterina Sylos Labini ... Teacher Scaglioni
Maria Pia Timo Maria Pia Timo ... Beatrice
Gianni Fantoni ... Gian's Father
Livia Roscioli Livia Roscioli


Bologna, 1954. Taddeo, a young man of 18 whom everyone calls Kid, dreams of becoming one of the regulars of the mythical Margherita Café, located under the portico across from his family's home. Through a ploy, he manages to get work as the chauffeur for Al, the neighborhood's most glamorous and mysterious resident. Having been taken under Al's wing, Taddeo gets to witness the adventures of Bep, who is in love with Marcella the entraineuse; the trials and tribulations of Gian, an aspiring singer and the victim of a horrible practical joke; the crazy behavior of Manuelo, a small-time robber with a sex phobia; the meanness of Zanchi, inventor of the elastic necktie; and the bizarre manias of Sarti, a ballroom dancing champion who wears his tux day and night. And Taddeo's home life is no less out of the ordinary, considering his mother is being led on by the family physician while his grandfather has fallen head over heels for a well-built piano teacher. Written by Starz Denver Film Festival

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bologna | friend | bar | 1950s | prostitute | See All (6) »


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Did You Know?


When Taddeo is borrowing three books from Beatrice, presumably in a public library, the volumes of the series 'Classici dell'arte' are clearly visible on the shelf in the background. The series started in 1966. See more »


References We Stole a Tram (1954) See more »

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Average Reminisce Movie
22 January 2013 | by DegustateurDeChocolatSee all my reviews

I didn't like much this movie because it was kind of an average movie on recalling he days of the movie director's youth, Pupi Avati, in Bologna. It might be that I have a masterpiece as Fellini's Amarcord as a reference for these kinds of movies the reason that I didn't appreciated "Gli amici del bar Margherita", yet I give a sufficient vote to it (6 out of 10) because it has a good plot built around the bar and its characters, each one with his own personality and peculiarity, each one with a cartoon-like twist as Manuelo with his peculiar laugh. Plus, the director managed to deliver a reliable picture of the Italian provincial life in the 50s.

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Release Date:

3 April 2009 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Margherita Bár barátai See more »

Filming Locations:

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy See more »


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Duea Film, Rai Cinema See more »
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2.35 : 1
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