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Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 November 1955 (USA)
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An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director:

Vittorio De Sica

Writer:

Cesare Zavattini (story and screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carlo Battisti ... Umberto Domenico Ferrari
Maria Pia Casilio Maria Pia Casilio ... Maria
Lina Gennari Lina Gennari ... Antonia Belloni
Ileana Simova Ileana Simova ... La donna nella camera di Umberto
Elena Rea Elena Rea ... La suora all' ospedale
Memmo Carotenuto Memmo Carotenuto ... Il degente all' ospedale
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Storyline

Umberto Ferrari, aged government-pensioner, attends a street demonstration held by his fellow pensioners. The police dispense the crowd and Umberto returns to his cheap furnished room which he shares with his dog Flick. Umberto's lone friend is Maria, servant of the boarding house. She is a simple girl who is pregnant by one of two soldiers and neither will admit to being the father. When Umberto's landlady Antonia demands the rent owed her and threatens eviction if she is not paid, Umberto tries desperately to raise the money by selling his books and watch. He is too proud to beg in the streets and can not get a loan from any of his acquaintances. He contracts a sore throat, is admitted to a hospital and this puts a delay on his financial difficulty. Discharged, he finds that his dog is gone and, following a frantic search, locates him in the city dog pound. His room has been taken over by the landlady and the now-homeless Unberto determines to find a place for his beloved dog, and ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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dog | rent | landlady | pension | old man | See All (156) »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

7 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Umberto D. See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,664, 17 May 2002

Gross USA:

$74,308
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many in the film's cast were new to acting, including Carlo Battisti and Maria Pia Casilio, the two principal actors. Others, including Umberto's cruel landlady, Antonia (Lina Gennari), were established professional actors. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning when he is eating with the other old men he hands the plates of everyone near to him to the waitress. In the next shot everyone has plates in front of them again. See more »

Quotes

Umberto Domenico Ferrari: During the war she called me Grandpa. I gave her some meat from time to time. After the war she went crazy. She even hates my dog. If you saw my dog, you'd know it's impossible to hate him.
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There's hardly been a better film ever made
20 November 2000 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Umberto D. may be the single most powerful film ever made. It's pretty much impossible not to be affected by it, and I'd imagine only a monster could get through it without shedding a tear. It's not all sad, and certainly cannot be called unrelentingly depressing. There are plenty of beautifully funny moments. The main character, Umberto, is one of the greatest characters I've ever met at the movies. It would be simple to make him just a man to pity: he is a poor old man who is down on his luck. But the artists behind the film have fleshed him out into an incredibly human character. The supporting characters, even those who show up for just a moment, are just as well created. And the acting is godly. 10/10, without a second thought. It's one of the best films ever made.


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