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Il Sorpasso (1962)

Il sorpasso (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 20 June 1963 (Hungary)
An impulsive braggart takes a shy law student for a two-day ride through the Roman and Tuscany countries.

Director:

Dino Risi

Writers:

Dino Risi (story and screenplay), Ettore Scola (story and screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Bruno Cortona
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Roberto Mariani (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Catherine Spaak ... Lilli Cortona
Claudio Gora ... Danilo Borelli 'Bibi'
Luciana Angiolillo Luciana Angiolillo ... Gianna Cortona (as Luciana Angelillo)
Linda Sini Linda Sini ... Zia Lidia
Franca Polesello Franca Polesello ... Moglie del commendatore
Bruna Simionato Bruna Simionato ... Zia Enrica
Lilly Darelli Lilly Darelli ... (as Lilli Darelli)
Mila Stanic Mila Stanic ... Clara, la ragazza alla stazione
Nando Angelini Nando Angelini ... Amedeo
Edda Ferronao Edda Ferronao ... La ragazza della valigia smarrita a Civitavecchia
John Francis Lane John Francis Lane ... Alfredo - avvocato cugino di Roberto
Luigi Zerbinati Luigi Zerbinati ... Il Commendatore
Annette Stroyberg ... Turista tedesca
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Storyline

Bruno Cortona and Roberto Mariani meet by chance as Roberto helps Bruno one day while everything is closed in Rome for the holiday weekend. The two men could not be more different. Thirty-six year old Bruno is extroverted, a man who seizes opportunities as they arise, is an excitement seeker, has never really grown up, but is a person to who many are drawn because of his exuberance and masculine good looks. Law student Roberto is introverted, controlled and so unsure of himself that he doesn't really know why he chose law as a career and is afraid not only to let the girl who lives across the way from him, Valeria, know that he likes her, but even to speak to her. He even has a photograph of her in his wallet that he took clandestinely. Roberto reluctantly gets caught up in the whirlwind of Bruno's last minute change in plans for the holidays as the two head off together in Bruno's Lancia Aurelia sports car, their joy ride which will be largely at Bruno's whim. That reluctance is ... Written by Huggo

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From Rome's dazzling Via Veneto to the glittering beaches of the Italian Riviera...these are the searchers...and this is their easy life! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Latin | German | English | Arabic

Release Date:

20 June 1963 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Easy Life See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Among the audience watching the table-tennis game on the beach a very young Vittorio Cecchi Gori (son of Mario Cecchi Gori, producer of this film) can be seen. He eventually became a film producer himself. See more »

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When Roberto walks over the rocks, we see a beautiful blonde in a bikini lying on the rocks, reading a magazine and showing her beautiful legs. Later, on the same day, maybe a couple hours later, the same blonde will come and ask Roberto to sign her cast on her leg ("next to Peppino DiCapri's signature"). In the afternoon, she'll be dancing with her cast. It is impossible that the same girl had such a terrible accident that required the whole cast of her leg and then go back dancing with a cast full of signatures (including one by the great Peppino) on the same day. See more »

Quotes

Bruno Cortona: Another minute in that morgue and I'd have exploded. Let's go. Live in the country? You gotta be crazy.
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Quando Quando Quando
Written by Tony Renis & Alberto Testa
Performed by Emilio Pericoli
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A Movie I Could See Every Week and Not Be Bored With It
4 March 2006 | by palmiroSee all my reviews

When Bruno hits the road in his Lancia Aurelia B24 sport with the nerdish Roberto, it's a whirlwind ride for the audience as well, with your emotions riding high throughout. Gassman's "Bruno" is as perfect a portrait as one can imagine of the Italian who just floats through life, never taking things or others very seriously, always finding shortcuts and discovering truths that others disparage or fear. He's the classic embodiment of the Italian "furbo" (wise guy), who thinks he knows how to "play" the world and all the people in it. One of the greatest cinematic explorations of the stuff of contemporary life you'll ever see and the possibilities (all too limited) of overcoming the alienation inherent in it.


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