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Cinema Paradiso

155 min | Italy:173 min (Europa Cinema Festival) | 124 min (cut theatrical version)
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Giuseppe Tornatore
Won Oscar. Another 20 wins & 22 nominations
Country: Italy
Release Date: 1990-02-23
Filming Locations: Bagheria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Opening Weekend: $16,552 (USA) (11 November 2013)
Gross: $12,397,210 (USA) (11 November 2013)
Antonella Attili
Maria Di Vita - Younger
Enzo Cannavale
Isa Danieli
Leo Gullotta
Marco Leonardi
Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Teenager
Pupella Maggio
Maria Di Vita - Older
Agnese Nano
Elena Mendola
Leopoldo Trieste
Father Adelfio
Salvatore Cascio
Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Child
Tano Cimarosa
Nicola Di Pinto
Village Idiot
Roberta Lena
Nino Terzo
Peppino's Father
Jacques Perrin
Salvatore 'Totò' Di Vita - Adult
Brigitte Fossey
Elena Mendola - Adult
Philippe Noiret
Nellina Laganà
Turi Giuffrida
Mariella Lo Giudice
Giorgio Libassi
Beatrice Palme
Ignazio Pappalardo
Angela Leontini
Mimmo Mignemi
Margherita Mignemi
Giuseppe Pellegrino
Turi Killer
Angelo Tosto
Concetta Borpagano
Franco Catalano
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Boxer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Antonio Arcidiacono
Junie Astor
Natacha (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ignazio Balsamo
Francesco Messana (archive footage) (uncredited)
Brigitte Bardot
Juliete Hardy (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Barrymore
The Baron
Isa Barzizza
Toto's Conquest (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ingrid Bergman
Ivy Peterson
Vilma Bánky
Yasmin (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clara Calamai
Ginevra (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mario Castellani
Jealous Husband (archive footage) (uncredited)
Nicola Castorino
Nicola (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin
Referee / The Lone Prospector (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gary Cooper
Lt. Frederic Henry (archive footage) (uncredited)
Olivia de Havilland
Maid Marian
Vittorio De Sica
Count Prospero B. (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kirk Douglas
Errol Flynn
Robin Hood
Jean Gabin
Wasska Pepel (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clark Gable
Ace Wilfong (archive footage) (uncredited)
Greta Garbo
Grusinskaya - the Dancer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vittorio Gassman
Walter (archive footage) (uncredited)
Massimo Girotti
Il pretore Guido Schiavi (archive footage) (uncredited)
Farley Granger
Il tenente Franz Mahler (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cary Grant
Walter Burns (archive footage) (uncredited)
Georgia Hale
Georgia (archive footage) (uncredited)
Laurence Harvey
Joe Lampton (archive footage) (uncredited)
Helen Hayes
Catherine Barkley (archive footage) (uncredited)
Louis Jouvet
Le Baron (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anna Magnani
Maddalena Cecconi (archive footage) (uncredited)
Silvana Mangano
Anna /
Marcello Mastroianni
Mario (archive footage) (uncredited)
Amedeo Nazzari
Neri Chiaramontesi (archive footage) (uncredited)
Suzy Prim
Vassilissa Kostyleva (archive footage) (uncredited)
Donna Reed
Mary Hatch
Jane Russell
Rio McDonald
Rosalind Russell
Hildy Johnson (archive footage) (uncredited)
Yvonne Sanson
Rosa Carrisi (archive footage) (uncredited)
Maria Schell
Natalia (archive footage) (uncredited)
Norma Shearer
Jan Ashe
Simone Signoret
Alice Aisgill (archive footage) (uncredited)
Alberto Sordi
Alberto (archive footage) (uncredited)
James Stewart
George Bailey
Giuseppe Tornatore
Projectionist (uncredited)
The Suitor - Disguises Himself as Dummy / Band Leader (archive footage) (uncredited)
Spencer Tracy
Dr. Henry Jekyll
Claire Trevor
Dallas (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rudolph Valentino
The Sheik
Alida Valli
La contessa Livia Serpieri
John Wayne
Ringo Kid (archive footage) (uncredited)
Did you know?
Philippe Noiret recited all of his lines in his natural language, French. He was later dubbed in Italian by Vittorio Di Prima. In the French version, Noiret dubbed himself.
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Giuseppe Tornatore:  the person working the projection machine when Salvatore is watching the compilation of scenes that Alfredo made for him
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In some versions of the shorter theatrical release a shot of a far older Elena can be seen in the final credits montage (perhaps intentionally).
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When Toto and Alfredo is taking the test at school, there are supervisors walking in the background. They repeatedly "jump" around between shots.
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When grown up Toto looks at the photos on the wall in his former room you see that Alfredo and young Toto are cut out and glued to the picture of the Paradiso.
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When Toto is a kid, and he and Alfredo are writing the exam, Toto throws a ball of paper to Alfredo. In one frame, he is throwing it with his left hand and in another frame he is throwing with his right hand.
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Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Adult: Salvatore, forgive me. I'll explain later what happened. Not finding you here was terrible. Unfortunately, this evening, my mother and I are leaving for Tuscany. We're moving there. But you' re the only one I love, I'll never be with anybody else, I promise. Here's the address of a girlfriend of mine where you can write to me. Don't abandon me. Love and kisses, Elena.
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Alfredo: Get out of here! Go back to Rome. You're young and the world is yours. I'm old. I don't want to hear you talk anymore. I want to hear others talking about you. Don't come back. Don't think about us. Don't look back. Don't write. Don't give in to nostalgia. Forget us all. If you do and you come back, don't come see me. I won't let you in my house. Understand?
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Man In Cinema: I'll make mince meat out of you! Is this interesting? Interesting? Yes No | Share this Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink Hide options [last lines] Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita - Adult: Yes, of course. We'll talk later.
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What is it that Toto's mother should never tell Toto?
If you only see the shorter version of the movie, this comment by Alfredo's wife wouldn't make any sense, but it is answered in the extended version. Alfredo was responsible for Toto and Elena not hooking up. Alfredo worked behind the scenes to make sure they never met again. Apparently Toto's mother knew about it but Toto did not. Alfredo told Toto's mother that Toto should never know that Elena really did want to meet him. Alfredo wanted Toto to think that she dumped him so he would pursue his movie vocation and not be distracted by her.
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Cinema Paradiso can be found here.
Is this movie based on a book?
No. Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore wrote the screenplay.
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