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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.

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  1. Roberto Benigni

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Vincenzo Cerami


Top Billed Cast

  1. Nicoletta Braschi

    Nicoletta Braschi


  2. Roberto Benigni

    Roberto Benigni

    Guido Orefice

  3. Giorgio Cantarini

    Giorgio Cantarini

    Giosué Orefice

  4. Giustino Durano

    Giustino Durano

    Eliseo Orefice

  5. Amerigo Fontani

    Amerigo Fontani


  6. Sergio Bini Bustric

    Sergio Bini Bustric


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Original Title La vita è bella

Status Released

Original Language Italian

Runtime 1h 56m

Budget $20,000,000.00

Revenue $229,400,000.00

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Release Information

  • October 22, 1998
    PG-13, Theatrical



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