The film is the third in director Castellani's "young love" trilogy (the first two being Sotto il sole di Roma (1948) and È primavera...(1950)). The story concerns the romance between Carmela (Fiore) and Antonio (Musolino). The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing her heart's desire. Once he's "hooked," Antonio scurries from job to job to prove his financial viability. Faced with the hostility of their parents, Carmela and Antonio symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado.
Writer:Renato Castellani (screenplay), Renato Castellani (story), Titina De Filippo (screenplay), Ettore Maria Margadonna (story)
The film is the third in director Castellani's "young love" trilogy (the first two being Sotto il sole di Roma (1948) and È primavera...(1950)). The story concerns the romance between Carmela (Fiore) and Antonio (Musolino). The ardor is one-sided at first, but Carmela is a determined young woman, willing to scale and conquer any obstacle in pursuing her heart's desire. Once he's "hooked," Antonio scurries from job to job to prove his financial viability. Faced with the hostility of their parents, Carmela and Antonio symbolically shed themselves of all responsibilities to others in a climactic act of stark-naked bravado. . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
Jason T (it) wrote: Good hearted but predictable and bland. Feels like a made for TV movie after hours.
Warren S (ru) wrote: The main reason to see this film is for the lead actor, Armie Hammer. What a find! A good looking and charismatic actor who really made me feel that I was looking at the young Billy Graham. Stefanie Butler as Ruth was also very good, and I didn't even recognize Lindsay Wagner as Billy's mother, another good performance. The fault with this film I'm afraid lies with the director, Robby Benson. I always liked him as a young actor, but this seems to be his first venture into directing films and I wasn't sure that some of his choices here were the best ones for this movie. (he's been directing TV shows since the early 90's) It had the feel of a low budget Christian Film, though I don't think it was a Christian film at all. The story focuses on how Billy came to Christ and then felt the call into the ministry and how he met and fell in love with Ruth. The side story was about his best friend, Charles Templeton, who was also an evangelist, but later denounced his faith and walked away from it forever...as played by Martin Landau in his aging years. I thought these scenes with Landau weakened the film, although he is a great actor and was really acting up a storm as the crazy old man. (He actually died of Alzheimer's, so that could be why he played him like that) He plays the narrator telling about Billy in an interview, though this was an interesting side story that I never knew about, I found it dragging the main story. I just wanted to watch Hammer play Billy and learn how this all happened for him. This wasn't as good as I had wanted it to be, and I think it may end up being nothing more than a kicking off point for Hammer's career. It was also fun learning some stuff about Billy Graham that I didn't know.
George P (it) wrote: Plot? HahahahahahahActing? hahahahahhMaking any sense? hahahahhahaIt's a film called Ninja what do you expect? Yes that happens
Martin Al A (mx) wrote: Very interesting but why did they miss out the Ruby-Spears Superman series in the late 80's?
Peter R (jp) wrote: Very, very confronting.
Eric H (ru) wrote: I thought that this movie was pretty good for the time that it was released. The arm wrestling scenes were pretty cool and exciting and I thought the plot of Lincoln Hawk trying to make up for lost time with his son was pretty good as well. This movie will not change the world but it is pretty entertaining. I own it on DVD and will occassionally put it in on a Sat afternoon. Some other comments have been negative saying the film was boring but I would definitely disagree with that.
William T (us) wrote: Brut, passionnel, dramatique et comique la fois, du pur Almodovar !
Tammy J (ag) wrote: This movie made me what to live in a cabin in the wilderness.
Nick E (au) wrote: The film would just be a ordinary action-comedy, but thanks to Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy's chemistry, it works.
Josh S (ru) wrote: One of my favorite Spike Lee joints and one of his most underrated. Powerful Stuff!!
Barbara H (kr) wrote: The trick here is to make a monologue a filmic experience. Gray's stories are fascinating. He's interesting to watch, but an hour and a half looking at his face is a little much to ask an audience. Soderbergh tries to mix it up a little, varying the backgrounds and moving the camera around, but doesn't go far enough. The short sequences of eye trauma interviews filmed in black and white are like islands of relief in a sea of Spalding and I wish there were more of that sort of thing in the film.
Joe N (ag) wrote: ok for what it is, this is a film i would watch in bed and fall asleep to, setting the sleep timer beforehand. totally didn't realise Hayden Panettiere was the daughter until it was on tv again (after heroes)