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Ginger and Fred (1986)

Ginger e Fred (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 March 1986 (USA)
Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act on a TV variety show.

Director:

Federico Fellini

Writers:

Federico Fellini (story), Tonino Guerra (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giulietta Masina ... Amelia Bonetti / Ginger
Marcello Mastroianni ... Pippo Botticella / Fred
Franco Fabrizi ... Show host
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Admiral Aulenti (as Frederick Ledebur)
Augusto Poderosi Augusto Poderosi ... Transvestite
Martin Maria Blau Martin Maria Blau ... Assistant director
Jacques Henri Lartigue Jacques Henri Lartigue ... Brother Gerolamo (as Jacques Henry Lartigue)
Totò Mignone Totò Mignone ... Totò (as Toto Mignone)
Ezio Marano Ezio Marano ... The Intellectual
Antoine Saint-John ... Bandaged man (as Antoine Saint Jean)
Friedrich von Thun ... Kidnapped Industrialist (as Frederich Thun)
Antonino Iuorio Antonino Iuorio ... TV Inspector (as Antonio Iuorio)
Barbara Scoppa Barbara Scoppa ... Journalist
Elisabetta Flumeri Elisabetta Flumeri ... Journalist
Salvatore Billa ... Clark Gable
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Storyline

Amelia and Pippo are reunited after several decades to perform their old music-hall act (imitating Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on a TV variety show. It's both a touchingly nostalgic journey into the past, and a viciously satirical attack on television in general and Italian TV in particular, portraying it as a mindless freakshow aimed at morons Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The movie that watches television through the eyes of Fellini.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy | France | West Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

28 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Federico Fellini's Ginger & Fred See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,725, 30 March 1986

Gross USA:

$837,623

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$837,623
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

On August 15th, 1985, two months after filming had wrapped, director Federico Fellini fell ill due to a mini stroke. Fortunately, the ailment did not have any lasting negative effects on his health. See more »

Quotes

Amelia Bonetti: We were very successful and our impresario insisted we be advertised as "Ginger and Fred."
Interviewer: How many years have you been retired? 20? 25? People want to know.
Amelia Bonetti: Maybe. We were very, very popular. To this day people sometimes stop me on the street.
Interviewer: Why agree to a comeback? Fans could be disappointed.
Amelia Bonetti: I don't know why I accepted. Because my grandchildren kept insisting, and friends or because of televisions's magic spell. Anyway, here I am.
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A wonderful, if overlong romantic comedy.
17 September 1999 | by rudy-30See all my reviews

Fellini takes a stab at television in this wonderful satire. It's Christmas, and an Italian "Ed Sullivan" type show is having a special, by re-uniting acts that were featured years ago. There is a hilarious (for those in the know) swipe at Woody Allen, who has been parodying Fellini for years. It's a bit deliberately paced, but the chemistry between the stars makes it worthwhile.


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