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Academy Award-winner Roberto Benigni adapts the classic children's tale by Carlo Collodi for the big-budget family-oriented comedy Pinocchio. In his usual fashion, Benigni directs and stars, this time as the little puppet boy made out of wood. The familiar story begins as a log of pinewood falls out of a cart and lands in front of woodcarver, Geppetto Carlo Giuffré, who carves the puppet out of longing for a son. When the puppet begins to come alive and cause trouble, Geppetto is arrested and Pinocchio is left to...
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Academy Award-winner Roberto Benigni adapts the classic children's tale by Carlo Collodi for the big-budget family-oriented comedy Pinocchio. In his usual fashion, Benigni directs and stars, this time as the little puppet boy made out of wood. The familiar story begins as a log of pinewood falls out of a cart and lands in front of woodcarver, Geppetto Carlo Giuffré, who carves the puppet out of longing for a son. When the puppet begins to come alive and cause trouble, Geppetto is arrested and Pinocchio is left to his own naïve worldview. After getting a stern warning from the Blue Fairy Benigni's wife and producer Nicoletta Braschi, Pinocchio sets out to reunite with his father, become a real boy, and succumb to some desire for adventure. Along the way, he meets a number of characters played by mostly Italian stage actors, including Franco Javarone, Peppe Barra, and Kim Rossi Stuart. The popular Italian comedy team Fichi d'India plays the roles of the Cat and Fox. Released by Miramax in the U.S., the film received an English-dubbed soundtrack with the voice talents of Glenn Close, David Suchet, and Breckin Meyer as Pinocchio.
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
The sight of a middle-aged, harlequin-clad Roberto Benigni bringing Pinocchio to life may creep out adults, but the illusion might not matter for young fans of Carlo Collodi's timeless story of the puppet that yearns to be real. The Oscar-winning director-writer-star of Life Is Beautiful is at his irrepressible best (or worst, depending on your view) as the headstrong and peevish puppet who -- despite his best efforts to change his ways and be well-behaved, obedient, and honest -- proceeds to naively stumble into one calamity after another. The film may be too frantic for some tastes, and there is a stunningly ill-conceived image of a dangling Pinocchio hanged by "assassins" from a tree, framed against the brightest, fullest moon since E.T. But the boundless Benigni's performance is anything but wooden, and the film opens and closes with images that are pure magic: the Blue Fairy's mice-drawn carriage and the lovely, childlike sight of Pinocchio's shadow, which separates from its school-bound owner to chase a butterfly. As in the Disney version, the Playland sequence, in which disobedient boys are turned into jackasses, is a harrowing highlight. The superior subtitled Italian-language version is available on VHS and DVD, as is the critically maligned English version, which, though poorly dubbed, will make the film accessible to younger viewers. A titanic hit in Benigni's native Italy, this indefatigably eccentric film may well build a cult following Stateside.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • UPC: 096009775391
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roberto Benigni Pinocchio
Breckin Meyer Voice Only
Nicoletta Braschi The Blue Fairy
Glenn Close Voice Only
Topher Grace Voice Only
Kim Rossi Stuart Lucignolo
Carlo Giuffré Geppetto
David Suchet Voice Only
Mino Bellei Medoro
Lando Buzzanca Mangiafuoco
Luis Molteni
Eddie Griffin Voice Only
Kevin James Voice Only
Queen Latifah Voice Only
Cheech Marin Voice Only
Technical Credits
Roberto Benigni Director, Screenwriter
Nicoletta Braschi Producer
Gianluigi Braschi Producer
Vincenzo Cerami Screenwriter
Mario Cotone Executive Producer
Danilo Donati Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Elda Ferri Producer
Simona Paggi Editor
Nicola Piovani Score Composer
Maurizio Sabatini Art Director
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pinocchio
1. Chapter 1 [9:59]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [9:59]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [9:59]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [9:59]
10. Chapter 10 [21:20]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun for all ages!

    My daughter loved this movie from the 1st time she watched it and is in love with Roberto Benigni's character. Though she is only 2 years she sits through the movie and comments on the scenes - I love watching it just as much as she does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    masterpiece

    Benigni's interpretation of pinocchio is wonderful, his grace and talent transport the viewer to another dimmension.Just Marvelous!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    A Wonderful and Funny Movie

    Roberto Benigni is so comical in Pinocchio's experiences. It loses in the English translation. Even though he is supposed to be a bad puppet, his honesty and love shines through. His voice and the beauty of his Italian words is what makes this movie great. Roberto is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A repugant mess

    This incoherent, charmless adaptation of a classic story is virtually unwatchable. Our daughters found it terrifying. We found it by turns tedious and repulsive. I can't comment on the much-lauded closing sequence, because we didn't get that far.

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