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Acqua e sapone (1983)

PG | | Comedy | 18 October 1985 (USA)
An Italian-born actress turned stage mother brings her daughter Sandy to Rome for three months' work as a supermodel. Sandy, who's between "soap and water" and womanhood, needs a tutor. Mom... See full summary »

Director:

Carlo Verdone

Writers:

Franco Ferrini (screenplay), Franco Ferrini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carlo Verdone ... Rolando Ferrazza
Natasha Hovey ... Sandy Walsh
Glenn Saxson ... Ted (as Glenn Saxon)
Elena Fabrizi Elena Fabrizi ... Sora Ines (Rolando's grandmother)
Fabrizio Bracconeri Fabrizio Bracconeri ... Enzo
Michele Mirabella Michele Mirabella ... Guidi
Philip Dallas Philip Dallas ... Father Spinetti
Florinda Bolkan ... Wilma Walsh, Sandy's mother
Anna Maria Torniai Anna Maria Torniai ... Lucia, sor Gino's widow
Maurizio Romoli Maurizio Romoli ... Conference Journalist
Guido Mariotti Guido Mariotti ... Conference Journalist
Alvaro Gradella ... Conference Journalist
Alberto Canepa Alberto Canepa
Vito Passeri Vito Passeri ... Waiter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Romano Vilella Romano Vilella ... Rude Guy (as Er Torella)
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Storyline

An Italian-born actress turned stage mother brings her daughter Sandy to Rome for three months' work as a supermodel. Sandy, who's between "soap and water" and womanhood, needs a tutor. Mom wants scholarly Father Spinelli, but when she calls his school, she reaches Rolando, a janitor who longs to teach. He's broke, so robed as a priest, he shows up to take the job. He's a terrific teacher, but Sandy soon realizes he's not Spinelli and will keep quiet only if he'll take her out under the guise of study. When mom meets the real Spinelli and sacks the child-like Rolando, Sandy sulks; then she figures out how to act on her feelings for Rolando and on her emerging maturity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soap and Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Company Credits

Production Co:

Intercapital See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Sandy's mother complains to Rolando that he is a fake priest, the real Father Spinetti is in the left back seat of the car, but immediately after, when she gets into the car, Father Spinetti is in the right back seat. See more »

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Good effort, slow in places
18 April 2007 | by MsLizSee all my reviews

This film was featured in a presentation of movies about "fashion" but it touches very lightly on the fashion business.

The proverb is "A cat can look at a king," in this case, an ordinary guy can look at a beauty. The exposition takes too long in some places, the ending is conventional. A person I saw the film with told me the English subtitles did not adequately translate the Italian dialogue. Once I realized the film was made in 1983 I understood why sometimes the plot seemed so "old."

For me, learning that "soap and water" means "a woman who knows her way around" did not illuminate the story. What I did enjoy was the Italian grandmother and her relationship with her grandson - he thinks he is fooling her, but she knows what is really going on every minute!


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