A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

  1. Roberto Benigni

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Vincenzo Cerami


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  1. Roberto Benigni

    Roberto Benigni

    Guido Orefice

  2. Nicoletta Braschi

    Nicoletta Braschi


  3. Giorgio Cantarini

    Giorgio Cantarini

    Giosué Orefice

  4. Giustino Durano

    Giustino Durano

    Eliseo Orefice

  5. Amerigo Fontani

    Amerigo Fontani


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Original Title La vita è bella

Status Released

Release Information

  • October 22, 1998


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language Italian

Runtime 1h 56m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $229,400,000.00

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