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Il Postino: The Postman

Il Postino: The Postman (1994)



Average Rating: 8.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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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

Mar 14, 2000

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (2) | DVD (2)

Romance, gorgeous words, and the beauty of Italy.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One of the most romantic movies ever made.

June 1, 2007

A mildly charming fable, about an Italian postman who eins the heart of a local girl through the heartfelt poetry of a legendary port, the film became cause celebre when star Massimo Troisi died one day after the shoot was over.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com


July 5, 2004 | Comments (3)

Works on so many different levels--as a tribute to the power and beauty of poetry; as a tale of brotherhood; and as a charmingly quirky romance.

January 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

A sweet and likable romantic fable until the finale strains for import.

August 16, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Overrated, but powerful.

March 2, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

An extremely slow, but heart warming little picture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Il Postino: The Postman

The Postman is a beautiful fictional work that reveres words, metaphors, and inspiration. A solemn praise to poetry, grace, and simplicity. Treasured.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

I watched this in my Spanish class once for some reason, it's in Italian, though. We also saw the play the film was based on. It's a good romance story, funny, sad, happy, everything a romance should be, I guess. Overall, this is a good movie, but the play is better.
June 5, 2011

Super Reviewer

a wonderful tale of a man with nothing but becomes something because of his interaction with the famed poet pablo neruda. many of the details about the life of neruda are true, but the story is very much fictional. its a bit bizarre really, a man marries an amazingly beautiful woman only to obsess over his bromance with a much older man, but there is something very beautiful about the story. the cinematography and dialogue were brilliant throughout, and the film was altogether touching and thoughtful.
January 7, 2010
danny d

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    1. Mario Ruoppolo: Your smile spreads across your face like a butterfly.
    – Submitted by Briain d (2 years ago)
    1. Donna Rosa: He's warming her up like an oven with his metaphors!
    – Submitted by Briain d (2 years ago)
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