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Alberto Express (1990)

A young Italian, living in Paris with his French wife, is about to become a father. Before the baby is born, Alberto must repay his father for every expense from his own birth until he left... See full summary »

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Arthur Joffé
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sergio Castellitto ... Alberto Capuano
Nino Manfredi ... Le père d'Alberto
Marie Trintignant ... Clara
Marco Messeri ... Le contrôleur
Eugenia Marruzzo Eugenia Marruzzo ... Juliette
Thomas Langmann ... Alberto adolescent
Dennis Goldson Dennis Goldson ... Le noir
Roland Amstutz Roland Amstutz ... Le serveur
Michel Aumont ... L'endetté
Jeanne Moreau ... La baronne
Angela Goodwin Angela Goodwin ... La mère
Stephane Boyenval Stephane Boyenval ... Le serveur sandwiches
Fabien Chombart Fabien Chombart ... Jeune garcon train
François Maisongrosse François Maisongrosse ... La pére du jeune garcon
Sandra Extercatte Sandra Extercatte ... La fille de réve
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A young Italian, living in Paris with his French wife, is about to become a father. Before the baby is born, Alberto must repay his father for every expense from his own birth until he left home. It's a family tradition, virtually a family curse. With little money in hand, he jumps on a train to Italy, the "Alberto Express," to return to his father. During the journey, he tries scheme after scheme to secure a windfall. En route, he also has a magical encounter with generations of his paternal ancestors, each of them adding again and again the sums owed them by their sons. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

5 September 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alberto Expressz See more »

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Mono

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Color
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I Know This Is A Comedy, But Are You Kidding Me?
30 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I didn't exactly find this "often hilarious" and "one of the year's ten best" as the critics labeled this. Excuse my morality, but stealing from people on a consistent basis to pay off a debt is not funny. Here, it is portrayed as "okay" because most of the robbing victims don't care and the thief is just some poor innocent-looking pathetic victim of strange parents. Huh? What is this....the Menendez brother on the loose?

To make matters worse, "Alberto's" debut is paying back his parents for raising him! Excuse me, isn't that parents do...and for love, not money? More twisted values.

Most of the scenes with "Albert" take place on a train, hence the title "The Alberto Express." This is one train I wouldn't advise taking. It is dumb and an insult to your intelligence.


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