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The Tiger and the Snow (2005)

La tigre e la neve (original title)
A love-struck Italian poet is stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion.

Director:

Roberto Benigni
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Roberto Benigni ... Attilio de Giovanni
Jean Reno ... Fuad
Nicoletta Braschi ... Vittoria
Tom Waits ... Himself
Emilia Fox ... Nancy Browning
Gianfranco Varetto Gianfranco Varetto ... Avvocato Scuotilancia
Giuseppe Battiston ... Ermanno
Lucia Poli Lucia Poli ... Signora Serao
Chiara Pirri Chiara Pirri ... Emilia
Anna Pirri Anna Pirri ... Rosa
Andrea Renzi ... Dottor Guazzelli
Abdelhafid Metalsi Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Dottore Salman
Amid Farid Amid Farid ... Al Giumeil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohmed Hedi Bahri Mohmed Hedi Bahri ... Firas scarpe
Franco Barbero Franco Barbero
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Storyline

Love and injury in time of war. Attilio de Giovanni teaches poetry in Italy. He has a romantic soul, and women love him. But he is in love with Vittoria, and the love is unrequited. Every night he dreams of marrying her, in his boxer shorts and t-shirt, as Tom Waits sings. Vittoria travels to Iraq with her friend, Fuad, a poet; they are there with the second Gulf War breaks out. Vittoria is injured. Attilio must get to her side, and then, as war rages around him, he must find her the medical care she needs. In war, does love conquer all? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Details

Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

14 October 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tiger and the Snow See more »

Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,701, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$10,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,460,023
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roberto Benigni named his character "Attilio" as a tribute to poet Attilio Bertolucci (1911-2000) father of famous directors Giuseppe and Bernardo Bertolucci. See more »

Goofs

A lot of the US soldiers are equipped with M16A4 rifles, although this weapon did exist in early 2003, it was not yet widely fielded with the US Army. See more »

Quotes

Attilio de Giovanni: I told myself: "There must be people whose job it is to use the right words, put things in a way... who when their heart beats, can get other people's hearts to beat."
Attilio de Giovanni: That day I decided to become a poet.
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Alternate Versions

On the North American home video release, the aspect ratio was cropped to 1.85:1. See more »

Connections

Features The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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Granada
Performed by Claudio Villa
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Wonderful fable plenty of amazing fantasy, lively comedy and sad tragedy
26 June 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is a poignant and moving fable about a sacrifice to save the sweetheart's life. It's an unforgettable story that proves imagination, family and love conquer all. It concerns upon Attilio(Roberto Benigni, a magnificent rubber-faced funnyman), a professor of poetry in Italia, he raises a darling pair daughters. He's a madcap romantic man and women(Emilia Fox) wish him. But he falls in love with Vittoria (Benigni's real-life sweetie Nicoletta Braschi, also producer). Every day Attilio dreams of marrying her, under Tom Waits songs , dressed in underpants and T-shirt. Vittoria trips to Irak along with Faud(Jean Reno),when the second War Gulf spontaneously breaks out . She's injured and Attilio is determined to save his lover from dangers around them and encounter medical care. His effort sometimes is pure fantasy , though with ruse he pull off more impetus to keep his wounded lover and accomplishes feats no man could realistically execute.

This is a story about love, war and sacrifice, well starred and directed by Roberto Benigni who develops a fire-line between comedy and tragedy. Inventive gags and wacky humor are splendidly proceeded. Benigni tirelessly maintains the humorous ingenuity, even as the horror war escalate. Actor and director Benigni shapes simultaneously haunting and hilarious comedy out of the tragedy of Irak. The film displays an emotive musical score by Nicola Piovani, Oscar winner by 'Life is beautiful'. Colorful and glamorous cinematography by Fabio Cianchetti. The motion picture is marvellously directed by Benigni. He's a good comedies director (Monster, Johnny Toothpick, Little devil) with some flop(Pinoccio) and usual actor for Jim Jarmusch(Coffee and cigarettes, Night of Earth, Down by law). Rating¨: Better than average. Well worth seeing.


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