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Alberto Moravia (novel)
Cesare Zavattini (adaptation)
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Release Date:
9 May 1961 (USA) See more »
Suddenly...Love Becomes Lust...Innocence becomes shame...As two women are trapped by violent passion and unforgettable terror! See more »
In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Gut-wrenching performance by leads See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sophia Loren ... Cesira

Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Michele Di Libero (as Jean Paul Belmondo)

Eleonora Brown ... Rosetta
Carlo Ninchi ... Filippo, il padre di Michele
Andrea Checchi ... Un fascista
Pupella Maggio ... Una contadina
Emma Baron ... Maria
Bruna Cealti ... Una sfollata
Antonella Della Porta ... La madre impazzita
Mario Frera
Franco Balducci ... Il tedesco nel pagliaio
Luciana Cortellesi

Curt Lowens
Tony Calio (as Tony Caliò)
Remo Galavotti
Elsa Mancini
Giuseppina Ruggeri

Luciano Pigozzi ... Scimmione, il capo miliziano
Luigi Terribile
Antonio Gastaldi
Carolina Carbonaro

Raf Vallone ... Giovanni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ettore Mattia ... Il passeggero sul treno (uncredited)
Vincenzo Musolino ... Il piccolo Alessandro (uncredited)

Renato Salvatori ... Florindo, il camionista (uncredited)

Directed by
Vittorio De Sica 
Writing credits
Alberto Moravia (novel)

Cesare Zavattini (adaptation and screenplay)

Vittorio De Sica  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Original Music by
Armando Trovajoli 
Cinematography by
Gábor Pogány  (as Gabor Pogany)
Film Editing by
Adriana Novelli 
Production Design by
Gastone Medin 
Set Decoration by
Elio Costanzi 
Costume Design by
Elio Costanzi 
Makeup Department
Maria Angelini .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Annunziata .... makeup artist (as Giuseppe Annunziatà)
Production Management
Mario Bianchi .... production manager
Lucio Bompani .... production supervisor
Gianni Cecchin .... production supervisor
Jone Tuzi .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luisa Alessandri .... first assistant director
Giovanni Fago .... second assistant director
Checco Rissone .... second assistant director
Art Department
Emilio D'Andria .... assistant set decorator
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philippe Arthuys .... special sound effects
Giovanni Rossi .... sound technician
Special Effects by
Serse Urbisaglia .... special effects (as M. Urbisaglia)
Visual Effects by
Joseph Nathanson .... matte artist (as Joseph Natanson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Capriotti .... camera operator
Pierluigi Praturlon .... still photographer (as Pierluigi)
Silvio Fraschetti .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Giulia Mafai .... assistant costume designer
Other crew
Margherita Autuori .... press attache (as Rossetti)
Ines Bruschi .... script girl (as Ines Brusci)
Enrico Lucherini .... press attache (as Lucherini)
Alfredo Melidoni .... production secretary
Matteo Spinola .... press attache (as Spinola)
Armondo Linus Acosta .... design consultant (uncredited)
Riccardo Cucciolla .... voice dubbing: Andrea Checchi (uncredited)
Corrado Gaipa .... voice dubbing: Carlo Ninchi (uncredited)
Nadine Mela .... press attache: french re-release 2009 (uncredited)
Achille Millo .... voice dubbing: Jean-Paul Belmondo (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Two Women" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK, USA
"La ciociara" - France (imdb display title)
"Paysanne aux pieds nus" - France
"Dos mujeres" - Argentina, Mexico (imdb display title), Spain
"Duas Mulheres" - Brazil (imdb display title), Portugal
"Η ατιμασμενη" - Greece
"Две жене" - Serbia
"Чoчара" - Russia
"Чoчарка" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"...und dennoch leben sie" - West Germany
"De två kvinnorna" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"De vluchtelingen" - Belgium (Flemish title) (TV title)
"Egy asszony meg a lánya" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Horalka" - Czech Republic (imdb display title)
"Huntigeren" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"I atimasmeni" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Kaksi naista" - Finland
"Kizim ve Ben" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"La Ciociara: La paysanne aux pieds nus" - Belgium (French title) (imdb display title)
"Matka i córka" - Poland
"To kvinner" - Norway (imdb display title)
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100 min | USA:93 min (subtitled release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (re-rating on appeal) | Finland:K-15 (2001) | France:Tous publics | Germany:18 | Italy:VM16 | Netherlands:16 (DVD) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | West Germany:18 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

French visa # 23790.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Near the beginning of the film Cesira and Rosetta choose to walk rather than wait aboard their stranded train. However they set off in the opposite direction to the train's destination.See more »
Cesira:You're getting a real behind on you like a woman.See more »
Movie Connections:
O sole mioSee more »


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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Gut-wrenching performance by leads, 9 September 2000
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

I acquired this movie quite a few years a go and only just had my first viewing and was frankly astonished at Sophia's performance. It is a multi-layered rich performance: her anger at men, her absolute devotion to her daughter, the sadness and acceptance at being a widow of a passionless marriage to a much older man, her confusion at awakening feelings of sensuality, her politicization. The last 30 minutes of this movie are heartbreaking, her horror, helplessness and numbness at what has happened to her daughter are some of the most powerful moments I have seen on film. A well deserved Oscar and Sophia, you are right up there with the gifted actors of the past century! 10 out of 10.

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