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Golden Door (2006)

Nuovomondo (original title)
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The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. ... See full summary »

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Emanuele Crialese
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Lucy Reed
Vincenzo Amato ... Salvatore Mancuso
Vincent Schiavelli ... Marriage Broker - on board ship
Aurora Quattrocchi Aurora Quattrocchi ... Fortunata Mancuso
Francesco Casisa ... Angelo Mancuso
Filippo Pucillo ... Pietro Mancuso
Federica De Cola Federica De Cola ... Rita D'Agostini
Isabella Ragonese ... Rosa Napolitano
Filippo Luna ... Don Ercole
Andrea Prodan Andrea Prodan ... Mister Del Fiore
Ernesto Mahieux Ernesto Mahieux ... Dottor. Zampino
Marcelo Benassi Marcelo Benassi ... Il Gatto (as Paride Benassai)
Giuseppe Sangiorgi Giuseppe Sangiorgi ... Uomo Olive
Alessandra Fazzino Alessandra Fazzino ... Santa
Giuseppe Culino Giuseppe Culino ... Dottore (as Giuseppe Cutino)
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Storyline

The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. Before they embark, they meet Lucy. She is supposed to be a British lady and wants to come back to the States. Lucy, or Luce as Salvatore calls her, for unknown reasons wants to marry someone before to arrive to Ellis Island in New York. Salvatore accepts the proposal. Once they arrive in Ellis Island they spend the quarantine period trying to pass the examinations to be admitted to the States. Tests are not so simple for poor farmers coming from Sicily. Their destiny is in the hands of the custom officers. Written by 1felco

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A remarkable vision. A dream of a better life. A romance that would change their lives forever.

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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English | Sicilian

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Golden Door See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,947, 27 May 2007

Gross USA:

$1,063,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,226,020
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2.35 : 1
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'Giuseppe Paternò Raddusa' auditioned to play Pietro Mancuso, the role went to Filippo Pucillo. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Reed: Madam? Madam. Could you lower your voice? I have a headache.
Fortunata Mancuso: Then have one! What do I care? Who does she think she is? This is the last thing I need. A journey like this ahead and she has a headache.
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'I lift my lamp beside the golden door': A Touching Tribute to Immigrants
23 June 2007 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

THE GOLDEN DOOR (NUOVOMONDO) is for this viewer the finest film of the year to date. It is a masterpiece of concept, writing, directing, acting and cinematography. More importantly, this radiantly beautiful film is a much needed reflective mirror for us to view the history of immigration of 'foreigners' into America at a time when the very mention of the word 'borders' is a political fuse. Writer/director Emanuele Crialese has given us not only a deeply moving story, he has also provided a touchstone for viewers to re-visit the history of each of our origins: with the exception of the Native Americans, we all entered America as 'foreigners' at some point in our histories, and it is humbling to view this film with that fact in mind.

The film opens in turn of the century Sicily as poverty stricken widower Salvatore Mancuso (Vincenzo Amato) and his brother Angelo (Francesco Casisa) climb a rocky hill to present their tokens to the cross to ask for a sign as to whether they should continue to struggle for existence on the island or go to America, the land of dreams. Mancuso's deaf mute son Pietro (Filippo Pucillo) runs to the top of the hill with postcards he has found with images of America (money growing on trees, fruits and vegetables larger than people, etc), and Salvatore accepts this as the sign that he should move his family to America. After convincing his reluctant mother Fortunata (Aurora Quattrocchi) and his sisters Rita (Federica De Cola) and Rosa (Isabella Ragonese) to make the trip, he sells his only possessions (two donkeys, goats, and rabbits) and the man with the boat arranges their trip, giving the family shoes, appropriate clothing, and instructions to board an ocean liner as third class passengers. As the Mancuso family prepares to board they are asked for a photograph, and as they pose behind a painted set, an Englishwoman Lucy/Luce (Charlotte Gainsbourg) walks into the photo as though she were part of this peasant family. Lucy cannot board the boat for America without male escort.

The voyage begins and Luce in her gentle way identifies with the Mancuso family, finally solidifying her safe passage by proposing to Salvatore to marry her 'for convenience, not for love' when they arrive in America. Through a violent storm and living conditions that are appalling poor, the multitude of third class passengers survive, bond, and eventually arrive at Ellis Island, believing their dream of America has been fulfilled. But everyone must pass harsh physical tests, de-lousing, and even intelligence testing to determine if they can enter America: the officials let them know that America does not want genetically inferior people entering the new world! Each woman must be selected by a man to marry on Ellis Island before they are allowed admission. The manner in which the Mancuso family remains united until a somewhat surprising ending is the closing of the tale.

Few of us understand the strict rules and harsh treatment immigrants face (or at least faced at the turn of the century) on Ellis Island, and if we do we have elected to submerge that information. THE GOLDEN DOOR presents the case for immigrants' struggles in a manner that not only touches our hearts but also challenges our acceptance of current immigration legislation. But all political issues aside, THE GOLDEN DOOR is first and foremost a film of enormous beauty, exquisite photography, deeply felt performances by a huge cast, and a very sensitively written and directed story. The is a film that deserves wide distribution, a movie that is a must see for everyone. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


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