ⓘ An Average Little Man is a 1977 Italian drama film directed by Mario Monicelli. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Vincenzo Cerami. The movie ..

An Average Little Man

ⓘ An Average Little Man

An Average Little Man is a 1977 Italian drama film directed by Mario Monicelli. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Vincenzo Cerami. The movie mix commedia allitaliana with psychological drama tragedy. The film was an entrant in the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.


1. Plot

Giovanni Vivaldi Alberto Sordi is a petty bourgeois, modest white-collar worker nearing retirement in a public office in the capital. His life is divided between work and family. With his wife Shelley Winters he shares high hopes for his son, Mario Vincenzo Crocitti, a newly qualified accountant, not a particularly bright boy who willingly assists in the efforts which his father employs to make it in the same office.

The father, in an attempt to guide his son, emphasizes the point of practicing humility in the presence of his superiors at work, and he enrolled himself in a Masonic lodge to help him gain friendships and favoritisms that, at first, he would never hope to have.

Just as the attempts of Giovanni Vivaldi seems to turn to success, his son Mario is killed, hit by a stray bullet during a shootout that erupts following a robbery in which the father and son are accidentally involved.

Misfortune and sufferings consequently distort the lives, beliefs and morality of the Vivaldis. Giovannis wife becomes ill, loses her voice and becomes seriously handicapped. Giovanni, now blinded by grief and hatred, throws himself headlong into an isolated and desperate quest. He identifies his sons murderer, abducts him, takes him to a secluded cabin and submits him to torture and violence, eventually bringing the killer of his child to a slow death.

Then, for Giovanni arrives - at his set date - his retirement and, only a day later, the death of his wife who had by now been overcome by her disability.

Giovanni is now prepared with serenity and resignation to live into old age, but a spontaneous verbal confrontation with a young idler revives in him the role of an executioner who will, presumably, kill again.


2. Cast

  • Vincenzo Crocitti - Mario Vivaldi
  • Renzo Carboni - Robber
  • Ettore Garofolo - Young Man on Street
  • Edoardo Florio
  • Marcello Di Martire
  • Enrico Beruschi - Toti
  • Francesco DAdda - as Francesca DAdda Salvaterra
  • Alberto Sordi - Giovanni Vivaldi
  • Romolo Valli - Dr. Spaziani
  • Shelley Winters - Amalia Vivaldi

3. Awards

  • 4 Nastro dArgento:Best Actor, Best Script, Best New Actor Vincenzo Crocitti, Best Supporting Actor Romolo Valli.
  • 3 David di Donatello: Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor Alberto Sordi.
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