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The Boom (1963)

Il boom (original title)
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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

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Vittorio De Sica
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Giovanni Alberti
Gianna Maria Canale ... Silvia Alberti
Elena Nicolai ... Mrs. Bausetti
Ettore Geri Ettore Geri ... Mr. Bausetti
Mariolina Bovo Mariolina Bovo ... Mrs. Faravalli
Gloria Cervi Gloria Cervi ... Mrs. Baratti
Sandra Verani Sandra Verani ... Mrs. Dronazzi
Sandro Merli Sandro Merli ... Dronazzi
Antonio Mambretti Antonio Mambretti ... Faravalli
Alceo Barnabei Alceo Barnabei ... Baratti
Ugo Silvestri Ugo Silvestri ... Gardinazzi
Maria Grazia Buccella ... Secretary
Federico Giordano Federico Giordano ... Silvia's father
Franco Abbina Franco Abbina ... Assistant occulist
Matelda Scotti Matelda Scotti ... Riccardo's wife
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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

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The Unseen Film by Vittorio De Sica

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

25 September 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El especulador See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,164, 18 June 2017

Gross USA:

$57,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,962
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Though released in Italy in 1963, the film was denied distribution in U.S. theaters until 2017. See more »

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sweet-sour comedy on Italy's 1950's rage to get rich as fast as possible !!
2 August 2000 | by pergyntSee all my reviews

Sweet-sour comedy on Italy's 1950's rage to get rich as fast as possible !!The lead actor (Alberto Sordi) plays the part of a psuedo businessman who to satisfy his wife's craving for luxury and a "respectable life" becomes heavily indebted. In desperation he agrees to sell a precious part of his body for a large sum of money.But just before the crucial operation he panics !

The whole film is a grotesque comedy on Italy's obsession of those times to be "respectable" i.e. be rich,show it,and give the impression of being part of the respectable upper-middle class even though "secretly" you are just another of those "noveau riches". The film is very realistic and at times hilarious !Worth to see!


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