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Life Is Beautiful

8.61 h 51 min1998X-RayPG
In this movie masterpiece, a charming but bumbling waiter wins the heart of the woman he loves, and creates a beautiful life for his young family, only to be challenged by the horrors of World War II.
Roberto Benigni
Roberto BenigniNicoletta BraschiGiorgio Cantarini
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Marisa ParedesHorst Bucholz
Elda FerriGianluigi Braschi
Paramount Pictures
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4.7 out of 5 stars

3467 global ratings

  1. 82% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Mr. J. R. TurnerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful and Moving
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Recommended to me by a friend, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it, but I loved it! Both very funny and poignant, as well as quite sad in places, this film is one that everyone should watch. Very well acted and written, I watched with English subtitles, which didn't detract from the film at all. Excellent film which I will certainly watch again.
EboniqueReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Humourous but sad film...!
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Although I'm not into old style movies, I hav to say this was a very enjoyable film. The fact that the dad turnd the horrors of what they had to go through as JEWS into a humour that his son held on to as ''hope'', was truly a well written script. The fact that all the other JEWISH men in the camp played along with the dad's story, in order for the little boy to be safe and not to mention content with the conditions, added a nice touch to the film as well. There's something I've learnt from the movie, which I always knew, but know it more now. Always live good with people for you never know when they may be in a position to get you out of a rut. The little boy in this movie is brilliant, and such a cute little boy.
A mother's love is like no other, and the true love of a wife to a husband or a husband to a wife is beyond anything you can imagine. Truly a lovely film, and I've no regrets that I got it...!
DOWNSIDE - The movies subtitles throughout, and the actors all speak very fast, so the subtitle pops up quickly, not ideal for someone who may not be a speed reader, but one can still get the gist of the movie by looking @ it.
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Kamran RahmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 December 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best films ever made
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I don't have time to write a detailed review about how good this film is, but I saw it when it first came out about 20 years ago, and bought the DVD because I had such fond memories of its infectious charm. It's hard to describe this film, because it's set against the backdrop of persecution and murder of Jews in 1945, but I love it for the fact that it shows us that even in the bleakest of times, we can always find love, hope and happiness.
RichardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must See….!!
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This film is and will always be in my top five. It covers both the best and the worst human qualities, love, romance, humour, self sacrifice, tenacity, perseverance and also cruelty, hatred and death.
Despite some of the negative elements, the overall message is overwhelmingly positive and restores any faith in humanity.
I defy anybody to watch it without a few tears.
Amazing performance by the lead Roberto Benini. You really need to see this film!
Mrs. J. NormanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
In my opinion, the most wonderful film ever made.
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This is my favourite ever film, and I decided to get the digital version.
It is a hymn of praise for great parenting, heartbreaking in its context of course. The acting, (based on true story of the book “In the End, I Beat Hitler” by Rubino Romeo Salmonì.
Have tissues at the ready.
ffayganHQReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a wonderful film.
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I cannot recommend this film enough, I have told everyone to watch it. The acting from Roberto Benigni is so brilliant. A very different and heart warming way to explore the topic of The Holocaust. It will make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 November 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
I do not usually enjoy foreign subtitled films as they can drag somewhat but ...
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I do not usually enjoy foreign subtitled films as they can drag somewhat but this is a cheerful film that although made in the 1990's is done in the style of the 70's type war film. It follows a protagonist as he woos his beloved, and then their family life - which is cut short by the outbreak of war. It's a film I would suggest anyone go see if they want a heart-warming yet slightly sad film. It's a cross between The Great Escape and Schindler's List.
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Dancing SaddlerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sad but true
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A wonderful story that really makes you think how lucky you are. The subtitles were a little hard to read at times and different colours for different speakers would have been helpful but a great film, highly recommended
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