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Life Is Beautiful

Year:
Duration:
116 min | Italy:122 min (first release)
Genres:
Comedy | Drama | Romance
IMDB rate:
8.6
Director:
Roberto Benigni
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 61 wins & 39 nominations
Details
Country: Italy
Release Date: 1999-02-12
Filming Locations: Ronciglione, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy
Earnings
Opening Weekend: $63,934 (USA) (29 August 1999)
Gross: $57,598,247 (USA) (3 October 1999)
Cast
Actor
Character
Nicoletta Braschi
Nicoletta Braschi
Life Is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni
Guido
Giorgio Cantarini
Joshua
Giustino Durano
Uncle Eliseo
Sergio Bini Bustric
Ferruccio
Marisa Paredes
Dora's Mother
Horst Buchholz
Doctor Lessing
Giuliana Lojodice
School Principal
Amerigo Fontani
Rodolfo
Pietro De Silva
Bartolomeo
Francesco Guzzo
Vittorino
Raffaella Lebboroni
Elena
Claudio Alfonsi
Rodolfo's Friend
Gil Baroni
Prefect
Massimo Bianchi
Man with Key
Jürgen Bohn
German Orderly at Party (as Jurgen Bohn)
Verena Buratti
German Auxilliary
Robert Camero
German Executioner
Ennio Consalvi
General Graziosi
Giancarlo Cosentino
Waiter Ernesto
Aaron Craig
U.S. Tank Soldier
Alfiero Falomi
King
Daniela Fedke
German Auxilliary
Antonio Fommei
School Janitor
Stefano Frangipani
Card Player
Ernst Frowein Holger
German Sergeant
Alessandra Grassi
Teacher
Hannes Hellmann
German Corporal (as Hannes Helmann)
Wolfgang Hillinger
German Major at Party
Margarita Lucia Krauss
Female Soldier at Children's Dinner
Patrizia Lazzarini
Woman #1 at Grand Hotel
Marie Luciana
Woman #2 at Grand Hotel (as Maria Letizia)
Concetta Lombardo
Gigliola
Maria Rita Macellari
Queen
Carlotta Mangione
Eleonora
Franco Mescolini
School Inspector
Francesca Messinese
Woman at the Opera
Angel Alise Adell
German Auxilliary (as Inger Alise Middelthon)
Andrea Nardi
Unpholsterer
Günther Pfanzelter
German Soldier (as Gunther Pfanzelter)
Cristiana Porchiella
Old Maid Teacher
Antonio Prester
Bruno (as Nino Prester)
Gina Rovere
Dora's Maid
Laura Susanne Ruedeberg
German Auxilliary (as Laura Ruedeberg)
Massimo Salvianti
Book Store Polceman
Richard Sammel
German Lieutenant at Station
James Schindler
German Guard
Andrea Tidona
Grand Hotel Doorman
Dirk K. van den Berg
German Soldier (as Dirk Karsten Van Den Berg)
Giovanna Villa
City Hall Secretary
Lidia Alfonsi
Guicciardini
Omero Antonutti
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
In Italian, the answer to the "Snow White" riddle is seven "minuti" - a play on words between "minutes" and "dwarves".
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After its Oscar win, the film increased its box office tally by 45% and added nearly 500 theaters to its US run. Not bad for a movie that had been on general release for 22 weeks.
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Roberto Benigni says the title comes from a quote by Leon Trotsky. In exile in Mexico, knowing he was about to be killed by Joseph Stalin's assassins, he saw his wife in the garden and wrote that, in spite of everything, "life is beautiful".
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Goofs
The position of the tank in relation to the paper when Giosuè is drawing in the book store changes.
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The champagne bottle changes position when Guido is describing how to serve lobster (first it's tilted towards the right, then centered, then tilted again, etc.). Also, the bottle is first completely sealed (with all the labels and stuff) and then we can see it without all those labels, to appear completely sealed again in a backward-to-forward take, and then opened again.
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When Dora kisses Guido under the table, her head is tilted to the right then is tilted to the left in the next shot.
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Quotes
Guido: [being shipped to a concentration camp] You've never ridden on a train, have you? They're fantastic! Everybody stands up, close together, and there are no seats!
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Giosué Orefice: [narrating as an adult] This is a simple story... but not an easy one to tell.
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U.S. Tank Soldier: You have no idea what I'm saying, do you?
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Faq
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A NOTE REGARDING SPOILERS
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. It is assumed that no one who is diligently avoiding spoilers will be visiting this page in the first place.
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What does the german guard say in german
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Attention!! Is there an Italian who speaks German?Listen! I say this only once There's only one reason why you have been transported to this camp-- to work!! Any attempt of sabotage will be punished immediately with death penalty. The executions will take place at the courtyard by shots in the back. You have the honour to work for our great German fatherland and participate in the construction of the greater German empire.You should never forget 3 basic rules: 1. Don't try to flee! 2. Follow every command without asking! 3. Any attempt of a rebellion will be punished by hanging!Is that clear!?! You should be happy to work here! Nothing will happen to you as long you obey the commands. Obedience is everything!!And another thing At this whistle, everyone into the courtyard- fast!! Muster in two rows --SILENCE!!-- every morning in roll-call.One more thing~ You will work over there and you will recognize the dimensions of this camp easily.
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What is the answer to Dr. Lessing's final riddle?
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Photos from cast
Nicoletta Braschi