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Radio Arrow (1998)

Radiofreccia (original title)
Looking back at stories and myths of an Italian small town in the mid-70s.


Luciano Ligabue


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stefano Accorsi ... Ivan 'Freccia' Benassi
Luciano Federico Luciano Federico ... Bruno Jori
Alessio Modica Alessio Modica ... Iena
Enrico Salimbeni Enrico Salimbeni ... Tito
Roberto Zibetti ... Boris
Francesco Guccini Francesco Guccini ... Adolfo
Patrizia Piccinini Patrizia Piccinini ... Marzia
Serena Grandi ... Madre di Ivan
Cristina Moglia Cristina Moglia ... Cristina
Cosima Coccheri Cosima Coccheri ... Ragazza della droga
Paolo Maria Scalondro ... Carlo
Little Taver Little Taver ... Kingo
Manuel Maggioli Manuel Maggioli ... Bonanza
Paolo Cremonini Paolo Cremonini ... Omero
Ottorino Ferrari Ottorino Ferrari ... Pluto


April 24, 1993: the last program of Radio Arrow is on the air. Over the microphone, Bruno tells the story of the radio station which is also the story of a group of friends. In the beginning the radio was called Radio Raptus but its name was changed into Radio Arrow after the body of Ivan Benassi, known as the arrow, was found half-immersed, head down, in a ditch. Jena, Boris and Tito are the friends with whom Arrow and Bruno spend most of their time. They consider the bar Laika as their own home and it's there that Adolfo, the barman, talks to them about privately-owned radio stations for the first time. All of them, individually, try to find their way to grow up or to remain forever young, through long days spent in the bar, love stories, small-town practical jokes and dramatic events. Written by X

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Release Date:

16 October 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


ITL5,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fandango, Medusa Film See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The actress playing bartender Adolfo's daughter for a few seconds at the end of the movie is his real life daughter. See more »


References The Little World of Don Camillo (1952) See more »


Written by Ghigo
Performed by Little Taver and His Crazy Alligators
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A fascinating insight in the '70s, revolving around music, friendship, and bittersweet nostalgia
10 November 1998 | by dani-4See all my reviews

I would reccomend this film to everyone. Not only to the fans of the rocker Luciano Ligabue, but to all film-buffs. Because it's sincere, moving, funny and true. Because Ligabue is a born storyteller and a film lover, and every frame of his film is made with love and care. Because his characters are loved and ask to be loved. Because most of the Italian debut films are lousy and this one, done by an outsider, is a real joy to watch and to listen at. Because Stefano Accorsi is gorgeous and reminds me of Andrea Pazienza, who was, like Freccia, beautiful and talented and good and lost his life because of the heroin, that Ligabue shows as it is, unglamorous and ugly, without indulging in easy moralisms. Because it's a film that speaks to our heart, our ears, our souls. And because I lived the experience of the FM radios and it was exactly like that. Thanks, Luciano!

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