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Il Postino (1994)

Il postino (original title)
Simple Italian postman learns to love poetry while delivering mail to a famous poet; he uses this to woo local beauty Beatrice.

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Beatrice Russo
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Sergio Solli
Carlo Di Maio
Nando Neri
Vincenzo Di Sauro
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Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, is exiled to a small island for political reasons. On the island, the unemployed son of a poor fisherman is hired as an extra postman due to the huge increase in mail that this causes. Il Postino is to hand-deliver the celebrity's mail to him. Though poorly educated, the postman learns to love poetry and eventually befriends Neruda. Struggling to grow and express himself more fully, he suddenly falls in love and needs Neruda's help and guidance more than ever. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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He had no way to win her heart. Until a great poet showed him the power of words. See more »


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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22 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$234,643, 20 September 1996

Gross USA:

$21,848,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,900,000
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1.66 : 1
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This is an adaptation of the novel Ardiente Paciencia (1985) by Antonio Skármeta. In 1983 the writer had already shot a movie of the same name about this subject: Ardiente paciencia (1983). See more »

Quotes

Mario Ruoppolo: Poetry doesn't belong to those who write it; it belongs to those who need it.
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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Madreselva
Written by Francisco Canaro (as F. Canaro) and Luis César Amadori (as L.C. Amadori)
Performed by Carlos Gardel
Courtesy of E. Musical Pirovano
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Lyrical
3 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Lyrical, moving and beautifully photographed gentle comedy in which an exiled Chilean poet inspires his Italian postman to woo and marry a local girl. Massimo Troisi gives a wonderfully contained performance as the postman who learns to see the beauty in poetry and his home on an Italian island. Philippe Noiret plays the poet Pablo Neruda with the usual assuredness. It is difficult not to be moved by the simple beauty of the film.


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