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.
Roberto Benigni (Guido Orefice), Nicoletta Braschi (Dora), Giorgio Cantarini (Giosué Orefice), Giustino Durano (Eliseo Orefice), Amerigo Fontani (Rodolfo), Sergio Bini Bustric (Ferruccio), Lidia Alfonsi (Signora Guicciardini) more..., Horst Buchholz (Dottore Lessing), Pietro De Silva (Bartolomeo), Marisa Paredes (Madre di Dora), Giuliana Lojodice (Direttrice), Francesco Guzzo (Vittorino), Adelaide Alaïs (German Auxilliary), Verena Buratti (German Auxilliary), Hannes Hellmann (German Corporal), Wolfgang Hillinger (German Major at Party), Antonio Prester (Bruno), Gina Rovere (Dora's Maid), Laura Susanne Ruedeberg (German Auxilliary), Richard Sammel (German Lieutenant at Station), Andrea Tidona (Grand Hotel Doorman), Dirk K. van den Berg (German Soldier), Omero Antonutti (Narrator (voice) (uncredited))
Gianluigi Braschi (Producer), John Davis (Producer), Elda Ferri (Producer), Roberto Benigni (Screenplay), Vincenzo Cerami (Screenplay), Tonino Delli Colli (Director of Photography), Simona Paggi (Editor) more..., Nicola Piovani (Original Music Composer), Danilo Donati (Production Design), Danilo Donati (Costume Design), Giovanni Corridori (Special Effects), Tullio Lullo (Production Manager), Pasquale Cuzzupoli (Color Timer), Mario Cotone (Line Producer), Shaila Rubin (Casting), David H. Kramer (ADR & Dubbing), Benni Atria (Assistant Editor), Nicola Piovani (Orchestrator), Agnès Mentre (Executive Producer), Danilo Donati (Art Direction), Attilio Viti (Production Manager), Gianni Arduini (Assistant Director), Kenneth Cassar (Special Effects), Savannah Haske (Casting Associate),
Melampo Cinematografica, Miramax
Guido, Dora a their son Giosué on their bike.