DVD 108 mins IMDB 7.5 (9,522 votes)
Il Postino
Cecchi Gori Distribuzione (1994)
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(2004 )
Drama, Romance
France  /  Italian

Philippe Noiret Pablo Neruda
Massimo Troisi Mario Ruoppolo
Maria Grazia Cucinotta Beatrice Russo
Renato Scarpa Telegrapher
Linda Moretti Donna Rosa
Sergio Solli
Carlo Di Maio
Nando Neri
Vincenzo Di Sauro
Orazio Stracuzzi
Anna Bonaiuto Matilde
Mariano Rigillo Di Cosimo
Alfredo Cozzolino
Bruno Alessandro Pablo Neruda (voice)
Simona Caparrini Elsa Morante (uncredited)

Director Michael Radford
Producer Mario Cecchi Gori; Vittorio Cecchi Gori; Gaetano Daniele
Writer Anna Pavignano; Michael Radford; Furio Scarpelli; Giacomo Scarpelli; Antonio Skármeta; Massimo Troisi
Cinematography Franco Di Giacomo
Musician Luis Enríquez Bacalov
User Credit 1 Roberto Perpignani
User Credit 2 Gianna Gissi

In this remake of the 1983 Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skarmeta, the time and place have been changed to Italy in the 1950s, but the relationship between the Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda and Mario (Massimo Troisi), the postman who delivers his copious mail, is still the focus of attention. In this version of the story, scripted by a collective of Anna Pavignano, the director Michael Radford, Troisi himself, and a few others (based on Skarmeta's original story), Neruda is an aloof and slightly elitist figure who is seeking solitude on an island off the coast of Italy, taking a respite from political problems at home. Mario is a poet at heart and employs every measure he is capable of inventing to win his way into the affections and attention of the great author. As his efforts start to bear fruit and Neruda unbends and begins to share conversation and philosophy with Mario, the postman idolizes the poet all the more. Eventually, Neruda shares his leftist political philosophy as well — and helps him win over the captivating Beatrice, the woman of Mario's dreams. When Neruda leaves, Mario enters into high gear as he prepares material for the next time he sees Neruda — his ardor and patience, alluded to in the original title — are essentially indestructible. (Massimo Troisi) was fated never to know that Il Postino would receive worldwide acclaim and be nominated for an Oscar for "Best Picture" in 1995 (the first foreign film nominated in that category since Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers 22 years earlier). Suffering from a heart ailment and unable to work more than an hour or two on the filming of Il Postino each day, he died in his sleep at the age of 41, the day after shooting ended on the film. — Eleanor Mannikka

Edition Details
Barcode 717951000965
Region Region 1
Chapters 21
Release Date 1/14/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.66:1 Color
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Dolby Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Mild thematic elements.
User Text 2 Dreams do come true.
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Trivia: Theatrical run in New York City was so long (almost two years), it was still in theaters after the video release and its premium cable run. (more)

Quotes: Pablo Neruda: Even the most sublime ideas sound ridiculous if heard too often. (more)

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 18 wins & 8 nominations (more)